I don't know what is inspiring me to live so much more simpler now. Perhaps it is the stuff taking up space, perhaps it is the beautiful Instagram feeds that I ogle over every day with simple homes and lifestyles, or perhaps I'm just looking for some sort of change.
In the past two years I have gotten rid of numerous (like 8) large trash bags of clothes, purses, shoes, etc... I recently got rid of quite a bit of home decor type items at a garage sale, simply because I just didn't need it. Don't get me wrong --- I LOVE clothes. I really do love fashion and trendy clothes, and I'm a sucker for Target's home decor section. However, it is just stuff.
Stuff takes up space. Stuff accumulates and creates chaos. Stuff hinders our view of life. Toys litter the living room, closets are packed so tight that pretty, timeless items are forgotten and pantries are stocked full of boxed items that real food starts to become lost in the mix. Televisions and iPads take the place of crafts, learning and outside play. Talking toys take the place of wooden trains.
It's just stuff; that's what I keep trying to tell myself anyway.
It's no secret that I don't live in a big, fancy house. We'll be moving into our first home in a year or so and I don't feel like taking crap with me. I want a life of simplicity. However, even I often struggle with getting rid of those things we treasure so much. You know what I'm talking about... that pair of shoes we haven't worn in three years but think we'll wear one day. Or the cable that costs a fortune, but we don't want to part with. Or the miscellaneous items around our home that was wedding presents or that we declare to be "sentimental" when in fact, it really isn't. I struggle with this and I can assure you that while I'm trying to simplify things, I'll ALWAYS have room for progress.
I am SO guilty of getting wrapped up in my phone, my computer and the TV. Part of it is because of my "job" as a blogger and writer, but I could easily back off more. While I do fun activities with my child, there's even wayyyyy more that I want to do but don't always gather the "energy" to get the materials and create it. Why? Because I'm consumed with other things. Because stuff is in the way (and because I'm often sleep deprived).
So I challenge you to join me in my Instagram challenge (or you can do it on Facebook) by posting a photo a day from September 1-30 that shows one thing you're doing to live life more simply. Whether it is giving away clothes, organizing your pantry, reading a book, doing yoga, waking before the kids, cooking real food or doing a craft with your kids, I don't care. It's what is simple, natural and beautiful to you. It's all about YOU trying to improve YOU, your home and your lifestyle for your family.
Use hashtag #realsimplylivingchallenge
I look forward to seeing your photos and can't wait to begin with you all. Follow me on Instagram and Facebook and spread the news with your friends! Or simply do this challenge yourself without sharing it. This is simply for fun and for change. Thank you for joining me!
Living life simply, naturally and beautifully.