It started in the summer when I read Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider and thought to myself, We have too much stuff, I need to clear everything out. It continued in the early fall as cleaning out our apartment – or trying to, anyway – helped me to see the clutter in my soul and schedule, so I did an internal clearing. The momentum picked up when I read Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne and saw how simplicity in my inside and outside can impact my son’s life. And I suspect that November will be no different, being thankful for all things keeps me focused on the simple, the small, and now I’m re-reading the Little House on the Prairie books and yearning for a simpler world.
I’m trying to think through these things this week, to “make room” in my life for more intentionality, less stuff, more deep investments, less shallow, more time, less plans.
So here’s the thing. I love stuff. Clothes, memorabilia, books, decorations that look good, photobooks, kitchenware, dishes. Oh dishes. I have to stay away from those aisles with beautiful plates, cups and serving bowls because they bring my little heart so much joy. I love buying books for Small One and toys that he will enjoy. I love a variety of music. I love making plans. I love knowing a week in advance what I will do during the weekend, what will happen this time next year, what will we eat for Christmas dinner. I like knowing with whom I’m catching up, where, when, how.
But all of these things that I love take up space, very literal space but also space in my mind and in my heart. You know where I’m going, I think. If it needs room to exist in my life, it is taking that space away from something else.
Silence. God. Time. Blank walls. Husband. Thinking. Quiet. Small One. Peace. Joy.
When my life is crowded with things, people and plans, there is no space for the deeper things of value to thrive.