It has not been easier for me to make a choice when there are too many options for life. Simplification has been key for me- the stillness that comes from answers that previously did not come easily have been of utmost importance to me. A life blanketed with security and comfort is a life also blanketed with simplicity.
Setting a daily foundation for my home is honestly the purest amount of joy I receive day in and day out. It is the stage, the scene in which all things can happen. It is the space in which I love on my littles. A daily foundation can be this simple- is my laundry washed and folded? Is this creating a calm space to play in? Can I hear my family members around me speak if they are in need? Can this item I am bringing into my home foster a sense of peace and hope? I am I honoring myself with what my current needs are?
Do the small things- take out the trash, start the dishwasher, switch and load of laundry and fold it, water the plants, make the bed, turn on the oven and cook a small meal, wash, cut and store the fruit for snacks and hang up the jackets.
Quickly and imperfectly sweep, mop and vacuum, spray some cleaning spray on surfaces and wipe down the surfaces, put all toys in a space and allow it to have it’s own space in your home.
Turn off the news, the tv, the music, the phone, the laptop, the tablet, the desktop computer, the radio, the dancing, singing fisher price toy just for a little snack time, a little bath time, a little quiet night drive time, a little cuddle time, a little bit of silence for a teeny tiny, small part of the day.
Items become way more difficult to get rid of when we are not willing to stop by the trash can or goodwill before entering our home. Map out on Pinterest or design in your head what you want your space to look like. Be grateful for the purpose that item has been in your life- whether it be that it was to serve as a gift to you or serve you in your home for x amount of time. Then thank it and get rid of it. Create space in your home for you to be you.
When I ask myself “what are my current needs?” I find myself sensing a warm, soft blanket, a beautiful mug with warm tea in it while wearing soft slippers in a clean, open space while reading magazines and listening to calm music. This is not summertime; this is not going to be my same dream, hope or goal in just a couple of months from now. So for now, I lay out the piles of magazine, keep my tea selections stocked, make sure I have my socks all cleaned and tidied away for easy access and easy use.When summer comes, my fluffy pjs will be put away, my swimsuit will be hanging where my coat once hung in the hallway and I will have fresh lemonade ready for consumption. Put away whatever it is that isn’t serving your current needs, bring out only what you will need for the given time.
It is my chance, today, every day, and it is my choice, to follow where my heart leads me- to encourage myself to do what is simple, what is best for me. For in my heart I know, I create a path my children will follow.