Saturday, May 4, 2013


Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough. ~Charles Warner

Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying.  The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things.  ~Elise Boulding

Everything we possess that is not necessary for life or happiness becomes a burden, and scarcely a day passes that we do not add to it.  ~Robert Brault,

Illustration by Nick Dewar and available here

Simplifying has really been on my mind lately. Many people who know me, don't know that we are in the beginning stages of moving. We've kept it kind of quiet since we are dealing with a "short sale" situation, but we are fairly confident that it will go through. And if it doesn't, we have pretty much made up our minds that we will continue looking, as we think it's the best thing for us at this point. It will be a much longer commute to work, but we'll have the conveniences of living in town and near my children and my parents. 

 We will be moving into a townhouse so that  means we will need to start sorting through our possessions and parting with a LOT of them. Although it's a daunting thought, I'm so looking forward to it. I'm pretty good about getting rid of clothing and everyday items that I no longer use, but I'm not very good at letting go of items that I'm emotionally attached to. But, I think I've figured out a way to make this easier.  For example,  I recently decided to let go of my grandmother's ceramic rooster and hen set.  It was hard to do, but I decided to treat them as a still life, photograph them and use them for a future painting project. I think my grandma would be happy with that.  So, that's what I've decided to do with more of those "emotionally charged" possessions. Treat them as a still life, photograph them and let them go. This will be my summer project, as we're hoping to be moved by the end of the summer.  

*Just a warning,  some of my posts will consist of updates on the simplifying process. I'll try not to make it too boring!

Another challenge will be finding space for my art supplies in the townhouse. I've been scouring Pinterest and various  blogs for ideas on how to integrate an art studio into a small home, but I haven't come up with a solution yet.  I would love some ideas if any of you out there have any suggestions!

And one more way I've been trying to simplify - making Sunday a computer-free day. It's amazing what I get done when I limit my computer time. And Sunday is a perfect day to do this because it will inevitably give me many things to be merry about for my Merry Monday posts :)

1 comment:

  1. I (like a mad woman) sorted my daugther's room (and really parted with a lot this weekend) and started the process on my room too - I am selling things I no longer use, sit in, sleep in, need... it's not easy but at the same time it is. I am going to end up with MORE space than I have ever had, but I am being very careful about what I am allowing in this space... I want it to be "me" to be "karlene" to be free of things that mean nothing or have no use to me. Good luck with this process. And I know you won't see this till Monday but I am looking forward to seeing all you accomplished this Sunday! :)