Recently, we decided to live a more minimalist lifestyle. For most of my life I’ve only ever desired simplicity but rowing up I often found myself surrounded my piles of laundry, dishes and people. As one of nine it wasn’t easy to keep order of schedules, rooms or names. I love my family and the chaos and the noise but I’m finding out that I’m a person who greatly values order, peace, silence and above all simplicity.
I’m not a clean freak, there’s no bubble wrap around my child or plastic over my couch, I just desire order.
God knew what he was doing when he gave us order. Night is night and day is day. I think that our culture of consumerism and love of stuff is battling with God’s order and simplicity. In my own life I find that the more I have, the more anxious I feel, the more impatient I get, the more unhappy I am. So it’s time for a change because I don’t want more stuff, I want a better, freer, fuller, more holy life.
It’s amazing how much our environment can influence our lives. When there’s clutter in my room, there’s clutter in my heart. As we’ve rooted out the need for TV in our lives we began to root out other false needs. In the past month, we’ve packed up 3 bags of clothes and extra bedding that never gets used (nearly 50 pounds of stuff) to donate. We’ve packed away the toys that Peggy no longer uses or doesn’t need. We’ve given ourselves a list of foods that give us energy and nutrition and we stick to it. We cut back on spending (I rarely ever need anything from Target and yet I go nearly every other week) and started paying off debt. We are working to simplify our life so that we can better enjoy it.
Simplicity breeds order and perhaps that goes both ways. I’m finding that I have felt more rested, peaceful, joyful, playful and prayerful over this last month than maybe ever before in my life.
Minimize so as to maximize – I don’t think I made this up, I’m sure there’s articles, books, blogs and research to support this. I can only speak for what it has done for our life and I can say that is has positively impacted us in every way and on every day.