I sat in my living room the other night and just took a look around. My living room is pretty small and also is my kitchen, dining room, laundry room, and entry way. I actually love having it all in one room because it makes it feel a little bigger.
Of course I’ve sat in my living room many many times before but this time I just sat and looked around. I thought about what I had in each of my cupboards in the kitchen. I looked at the things on the counter top and on the table. (My coffee table and side tables only hold a lamp and a vase of flowers so not much to look at in the living room. 🙂 )
The next thing you know I had everything in my kitchen pulled out from my cupboards and drawers. One full box of get rid of and 3 ( yes 3!) bags of garbage later I looked around at my much more empty cupboards with a better feeling.
Right now we are going through our upcoming house plans that we will be building this fall or later this summer. Building a house forces you to look at your home in a whole new light. Going over things you think you need then going over them again and again adjusting what you think and what you want.
During all this process I’ve been forced to take a closer look at what simple really means to me. I think that everyone interprets this word differently but here’s how I see it:
Simple living is having (or at least trying to have!) and organized lifestyle. To clear out the clutter and have the rest of your stuff organized so it’s easy to use or to find.
Simple living is being unplugged. Not totally unplugged but maybe being more so than the rest of the world. To me this means not always feeling like we need to have the latest and greatest inventions.
Simple living means working hard for the good things in life. Raising backyard chickens isn’t the easiest thing ever but they are so rewarding! Having a garden is a lot of work and so is preserving in any form but it’s more than worth it.
Simple living is be thankful for what you have, even if it’s little. Sometimes changing your situation just means looking at it differently. Instead of always seeing the glass half empty I try to see the glass half full.
Simple living means stopping to smell the roses. People that have embraced simple living know that life can getting going on dizzying speeds and sometimes we have to remember to stop and take a break. Make time for a break, enjoy the color of the sky or the simplicity of the birds’ songs.
There are so many different ways to describe simple living and like I said above, I think simple living means something different to everyone. What does simple living mean to you?