I recently listened to a podcast where the hosts were discussing stress levels today vs. the stress levels of generations past. These two women, having already raised their families, talked about how life seemed more stressful now, even though they weren’t in the thick of motherhood, simply for the fact that they had more stuff, more options, and more decisions to make about their stuff and options. Lol. Did you catch that?
I had already been chewing on this topic, somewhat inadvertently, but when I heard it spoken, I had a little fit of epiphany.
When we made our big move this past summer, we downsized from a house of about 3,000 square feet to right around 1,000. There was a point it seemed that we had more stuff in the garage than we did in the house. It was humbling to look at that pile in the garage and know that we had accumulated this mound of possessions that in reality, we could live without.
Meanwhile, our little family started settling into our smaller house while our pile of stuff sat in the garage. Life felt lighter. Literally. It was like a burden was lifted off of me. Less stuff, less options, less decisions, less stress. I was really enjoying my new found freedom, and I found myself in no rush to find a home for the things in the garage.
I would open a box and realize I could live my entire life without this stuff and be just as happy. So I’ve started letting it go…
I thought it would be fun to do a series on living simply, as we navigate through some of these ideas as a family. Decluttering, downsizing, diy’s, money-savers, cloth-diapering, things of that nature. I haven’t decided how long it’s going to be, but I have a pretty good list of topics to choose from. I’ll post something for this series probably once a week and I will identify the post accordingly. I hope it is something that you, my readers, will enjoy along with me.
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