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Thinking Thursday: On Simplicity

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about all of my family’s stuff. The clothes, the toys, the books, the shoes, the appliances, the towels. It all seems like so much.

Of course this could stem from the fact that there are six of us and a huge dog living in an itty-bitty tiny two bedroom. Our situation does require we keep ‘things’ to somewhat of a minimum. Instead of a nursery, our baby has two of my dresser drawers for all of her things. Our three boys share a room that is probably not much bigger than your closet.

But even if we had a larger home, I think I’d still be overwhelmed by it all. I love the idea of less stuff, more life. And we do really have less. Rarely does a weekend pass that we don’t make a trip to Goodwill and we are very particular about what we bring into our home.

For some reason I have this strong urge to trim our wardrobes down to a handful of outfits per person, to narrow our cabinets down to six place settings worth of dishes, to have just one bar of soap in our shower, and to get rid of televisions, movies and just about everything that takes batteries.

To take it to an extreme, I’d honestly be happy in a cabin in the woods…as long as it had indoor plumbing.

Less stuff, more life.

But for now, I’ll just grab another bag to fill up for Goodwill.

What are your bare minimums?

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  1. Mimi says:

    I’ve been overwhelmed with laundry recently. I think I’ll grab a goodwill bag, you’ve inspired me to clean out the closets!

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