A great quote by Hans Hofmann says, “The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” That quote and others, along with numerous books and articles dealing with simplifying life in very meaningful ways has been replaying in my mind for quite some time now.
For about six months now, I have been thinking of ways to simplify my life in ways that are meaningful to me and my family, to allow me the necessary time and energy to focus on the more important things in our lives. I spend an enormous amount of time reading books, doing craft projects, gardening, and researching a large variety of topics, learning how to do new things.
Such as learning how to can fruits and vegetables from our garden. Having our own organic garden takes quite a bit of my time, and learning various canning methods and experimenting with recipes for the home canned foods requires not only time but also space to store canned jars etc.
Decluttering, getting rid of “stuff” we really don’t need taking up space, is high on our To-Do List. We had planned on doing a garage sale last summer but that had to be postponed, so now we’re planning on just donating most, if not all, of the stuff to those in need. Some things we need to get rid of can and will be donated to FreeCycle group members to use as they choose. Other items can be divided up among various charity organizations and shelters, etc.
There is only so much time in the day and week to do all the things I want and need to do, whether for myself or for my family. I’m not Superwoman, so it’s become crystal clear to me that somethings got to give. I’ve got to cut back, reduce and eliminate distractions that eat up too much of my time, in order to allow me and my family the time and opportunity to fulfill at least some of our set goals for the year.
Reduce the number of blog sites I own and run. Ugh. Deciding to let go of all but one of my blog sites was a very tough decision for me to make. This site, Telling It Like It Is, will soon be my only blog site. Over the course of the next couple of weeks or so I will be moving some articles from my other blogs over to this one, and then the other sites will be deleted. I simply do not have the time to continue spreading myself out too thing writing for so many blogs, juggling my time between writing for various blogs and accomplishing the goals we’ve set for ourselves.
Eliminating the other blogs and incorporating some of the articles on the other blog sites will also help in reducing the number of emails, questions and correspondences that come through the various websites on a regular basis that I of course feel responsible to respond to promptly. I truly appreciate and value the discussions that go on within the comments sections on the many topics discussed here, as well as the personal email correspondences I receive regularly. It is understandable and reasonable that some reader correspondence occurs privately through emails, especially considering some of the topics discussed on this site, so your emails and questions and discussions via email are certainly welcome and I will respond as quickly as possible.
There are some really good books about simplifying life, with many great ideas of ways to reduce and get rid of clutter, clearing your schedule for more important things, saying No to people who sometimes expect too much from you, downsizing your home, getting rid of debt, spending more time with children and grandchildren, more time spent with friends and loved ones, and many other ideas. I haven’t read any of those types of books yet since I’ve got plenty of my own ideas of ways we can simplify our lives, live with less stress and anxiety, spend more time with friends and family, etc.
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