Friday, December 26, 2008

Living Simple

My friend wrote on her blog about a decorating style she admired (http://houseitemsandroomsilike.blogspot.com/2008/12/this-is-gorgeous.html). I agree. Simple is MUCH better, but it is really suprisingly hard to do. Do you think so too? Like losing weight, something I know a little about. The weight creeps up and up without one hardly noticing, but it is so hard to lose it. It's the same thing for me with clutter. It starts with one pile of mail I can't deal with right this minute, then a stack of magazines, shoes that need to go upstairs, linens I don't really have a place to store. . .

I spent a week on a 42' sailboat several years ago. There were 3 adults and six teen-age Boy Scouts. It was a blast, but it also inspired me toward a more uncluttered existence. Why do we need two or three of everything? On the boat, you have to be able to put everything away, every day. A place for everything, etc. He (the captain and boat owner) didn't have two cookie sheets, much less the six I have in my cupboard, three of which don't even fit in my oven. I think I'm going to go start a Good Will box right now.

3 comments:

GB said...

Living simple is a great concept, but hard to practice. I switched most of my bill-paying to online. This eliminated some clutter and saved some time.

Kathleen said...

Well put. The war on clutter is going to last my lifetime. Every time I drop things at the Goodwill, something else seems to come home with me. At least, it's a net decrease in "stuff" around the house. By the way, I unpacked the cookbook. Next time you are over, I'll give it to you.

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