I’m grateful for Becky Higgin’s kind invitation to guest post on something that makes life oh-so-good! (pinch me – favorite people, favorite topic!!)
It was hard to be concise on a topic I love like simplicity so i felt like posting the expanded version here :)
sometimes I crave practical next steps so if you’re in a similar boat, here are some you might want to try on while remembering…simplicity looks different for everyone.
Below are a handful of ideas to add to your backpocket!
Observe a Sabbath
One day set apart from the others – in our home we don’t shop on that day/go to movies/eat out and most of our time is spent with family. I credit this tradition for keeping me balanced. Find ways to make that day even better – fill it with what you love and then protect it.
Shop 1 day each week/buy what will last
Holding my breath as i type this.
So, when I do, I strive to do it one day of the week and buy quality made items so I don’t have to buy them again for a long time :)
Limit extra curriculars for young children to prioritize family time
At the end of the school day, Audrey and I have missed each other.
We’re ready to go to the park or get started on dinner.
Simple stuff that feels so much better when it isn’t raced through.
When we did this, I knew one friend who had done the same.
Now, so many have that it may seem comical to even add this to the list. We just didn’t use it.
We have Netflix and we’ll occasionally get a Redbox movie at the grocery and there’s a theatre downtown we enjoy.
While not every week allows it, it goes so much smoother when we do. Meal plan (or at minimum spend 5 minutes the night before to think about dinner the next day), reserve vacation time at the beginning of the year, spend aligned with your values, set out a week’s worth of school clothes at the start of the week, etc.
We live in a walkable neighborhood – movies, an ice cream shoppe, church, grocery, bookstore and a lot more are within walking distance.
I read recently about the ‘green triangle’ – have you heard of it? It’s the thought that what is good for us physically, is often good for the environment and good for our household economy. I love the pace of not being in a car…it can be an 8 minute walk and all of a sudden the day feels less rushed and leisurely.
My latest experiment that’s been so fun!! I’ve been quadrupling recipes and swapping them with my wonderful sister in law…it is bliss to pull something out that’s been made ahead of time! And back to the practical – here’s our recipe from last month! so yummy!! Find a friend with a similar family size/meal preferences and do this! I can’t believe how domestic I felt with the biggest batch of soup I’d ever made :)
A few tips: (1) get freezer bags with sliders. (2) label with the date/recipe title (3) push as much air out of the bag as possible & take care not to overfill (4) email the recipe…I sent the recipe in advance to see if it’s one she’d like.
It was typical for me to double a meal but I’ve loved going past that and sharing them. SO much more efficient (and truly delicious)!
You’ve likely already read so many of these but if not, I can personally vouch for their efficacy in causing a shift in thought!
No Greater Love
Kisses from Katie
Your Money or Your Life
Please please share in the comments some of your favorite tips for simplicity! I find that these baby steps make me yearn for even more strides in this direction.
I’m not there yet. I’m thinking of some really sweet people I’d love to spend time with – but these *have* allowed time for some meaningful service (I spend time with the most darling 12-18 yr olds at least a couple times a week) and some other very important things that help build a happy life. I feel connected to the topic and pulled towards further simplicity.
Hope this post was helpful in calming down the chaos that can easily beset us! Big hugs during this winter season…it’s a gift to share this life with you.