Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Discipline of Simplicity

"Simplicity is freedom" ~Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline

And can I just say that I could use a little freedom right now. This idea of simplicity has been at the forefront of my mind lately. Constantly nagging at me and I kept using the excuse that I was too busy to tackle this discipline. But truth be told, I am too busy because life is too complicated right now.
SO...first steps have been taken.
#1, weeding out the DVR. I mean seriously, how many hours of TV do we need to watch a week. You know you have a problem when you are weeks behind in shows. We said good-bye to some very beloved shows but are already feeling the weight removed.
#2, de-cluttering and donating. This is going to be an on-going thing until the New Year. I have a VERY hard time letting go of things, but let go I must. The two "junk drawers" are done and the electronics. It's a start anyway.
#3, stop adding. I read somewhere that you should have the rule that for every new thing that you bring into your home you should set two free. So we're going to try this. And also, that you should put anything that you want to buy on a list for 30 days and then if you still want/need it, go ahead and get it. A great rule for this impulse shopper.
That's what I have so far. Keep you posted. I'm looking forward to some serious freedom in my time, finances and home.


  1. Two junk drawers! Wow... you are out of control! Haha! Miss you sister!

  2. Love this post. That book has always been one of my lifelong favorites--and I just read that chapter on SIMPLICITY like 2 weeks ago! I was even further inspired by your post--like the DVR thing. So true! This week I tackled a kitchen cabinet. And what used to be packed is now less than half-full. And it's so true--it's tremendously freeing! In the book he even talked about kitchen gadgets. This one hit me. Do I really need that strawberry top remover? Come on. Although yes, I do really need my grater/zester! :)