Finding Simplicity in a Complicated World

Finding Simplicity in a Complicated World | I am a firm believer in the value of simplicity! If you want to be intentional about how you steward your possessions and how you design your living space, this article is for you. I encourage you to start by simplifying your living space. De-cluttering is the easiest way to de-stress your life! But where do you start? How do you know what to get rid of and what to keep?By: Sarah Koontz

Sometimes it is the simple things that complicate our lives more than anything else.  It is simple to fall in love, but complicated to build a life with the person you love.  It is simple to say YES to a puppy, but complicated to train that puppy not to eat your couch.  The idea that something is going to be simple can cause us to say YES when in reality we should be saying NO.

I am a firm believer in the value of simplicity!  There are many things in this life that are complicated and there is just nothing we can do about it.  But for everything else, it is well worth the effort to pursue simplicity.

I encourage you to start by simplifying your living space.  De-cluttering is the easiest way to de-stress your life!  But where do you start?  How do you know what to get rid of and what to keep?

I was thrilled when Elsie from Richly Rooted sent me a copy of her new Simple Home Handbook to review.  As a person who has health problems, simplicity is a must for me!  I love how Elsie breaks it down for her readers!

Your Simple Home Handbook

She takes you by the hand and shares practical advice on what can be done to simplify your home.  I only wish she had written it years ago, as it would have been so helpful to me when I was just beginning my journey towards a more simple lifestyle.

If you want to be intentional about how you steward your possessions and how you design your living space, this book is for you. In a clean, easy-to-read format, Your Simple Home Handbook will walk you through practical steps to simplify and de-clutter 30 different areas of your home.

Sometimes we get stuck feeling disorganized and cluttered, but have no idea where to start, so we just stay stuck.

In her Simple Home Handbook, Elsie lays out a simple 4-step process for simplifying each are of your home:

1. De-clutter

2. Decide

3. Beautify

4. Maintain

She gives clear definitions of each step, includes a “how to” for each area of your home, and takes it to the next level by sharing ideas on how to beautify and maintain your space. My favorite of her 30 projects is the one where she details how to simplify your purse (seems simple enough, right?).

In Elsie’s words, “An overstuffed purse isn’t classy. Your purse should be two things: a fashion accessory that compliments your wardrobe, and a practical item to keep your essentials on hand. You don’t need your purse to contain everything you could possibly need away from home!

Your Simple Home Handbook
Elsie’s blog is all about living a rich life, rooted in the abundance of blessings that come from a good God. It is full of so many encouraging articles including The Best Time to Simplify and 7 Simple Ways to Live More Abundantly, Right Now!

I had the privilege of writing a guest post for her recently (as she was enjoying maternity leave with her precious baby boy).  It is an article aimed at new moms, and I had so much fun putting it together for Elsie and her readers at Richly Rooted!

Finding Simplicity in a Complicated World | I am a firm believer in the value of simplicity! If you want to be intentional about how you steward your possessions and how you design your living space, this article is for you. I encourage you to start by simplifying your living space. De-cluttering is the easiest way to de-stress your life! But where do you start? How do you know what to get rid of and what to keep?

 

CLICK HERE to read my “Finding Simplicity in a Complicated World: 10 Tips for New Moms” guest post at RichlyRooted.com.

If you are looking for more ways to simplify your living space, I encourage you to purchase your own copy of The Simple Home Handbook today!  Elsie was kind enough to give us a copy to review and we truly enjoyed the inspiring content!

What is your go-to strategy for finding simplicity in a complicated world?

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About Sarah Koontz

Sarah Koontz is a freelance writer and regular contributor at Grounded & Surrounded. If you are interested in growing your faith, nourishing your family life, and discovering the beauty of God's design, be sure to follow her personal blog at SarahKoontz.com. When Sarah is not writing, you are likely to find her covered in dirt, sitting in the middle of her garden, adoring her beautiful flock of backyard chickens. She is eternally grateful for her husband and two little girls, and revels in their simple, uncluttered life. You can also find her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

10 thoughts on “Finding Simplicity in a Complicated World

  1. I guess you could say that my method of simplifying is to just not go shopping. That way I’m not even tempted to add to what I have.

  2. One of my favorite strategies is that everything has a place. If it doesn’t have a place, it probably needs to go. I am so much better at staying organized this way.

  3. I keep a box in my entrance closet that is designated for donations. This keeps it simple to take it right out the front door when it’s full. Those donations never have a chance to clutter the rest of my house. If I have larger items that can’t fit in the box I’ll make an extra trip to donate and take the donation box at the same time. I fit the trip into a time I’m out doing errands anyway.

  4. Following the rule: Would I buy this today if I was standing in a store?? If the answer was NO it was taken out of the closet and put either in a selling or donation box. I then separated my closet into short sleeves/tanks, cardigans/button ups, long sleeve, dressy, pants and workout clothing/t-shirts. (*Take note that all my summer clothes are in storage bins, the clothing I’m referring to is fall/winter). I’m hoping the separation will create a better way of putting together outfits.

    Everyone just stocked up on new undershirts, underwear and socks so I went through all undergarments and parted with the old including tattered sports bras, faded toddler undies and boxers that have seen better days.

    Rules to avoid clothing excess:

    1. No clothing purchases for six months (with the exception of a pair of black pants that I am seeking). I vow to force myself to wear every item in my closet, using Pinterest to inspire outfits. After wearing an outfit, if I love it I’ll keep it but if it doesn’t fit well or makes me uncomfortable then it goes into a box to be sold or donated. Come the end of the six months I’ll sell and donate what is in the boxes and reevaluate my clothing in time for my birthday in July.

    2. From my evaluation of the kid’s clothing they are set until the end of summer when school clothing will be bought and wardrobes reevaluated. The only exception for new clothing: birthdays and special occasions (i.e. Easter).

    3. As for my husband, he will also be forced to wear t-shirts and outfits found in his closet replacing his usual go to items. Same rules will follow for the man of the house and all will be purged that doesn’t fit the qualifications for keeping an item.

  5. I try to simplify by donating once per season everything we don’t use or the kids have outgrown!

  6. Even though I really like clothes & accessories, I’ve downsized my wardrobe. Each season I go through my clothes & decide what I still want to wear (& look good in) & what I want to or need to get rid of. I try to limit each season’s wardrobe to a certain number of hangers or outfits and some clothing can belong to more than one season. This helps me to get dressed more easily & feel good about how I look, plus my closet looks nice & neat.

  7. So one strategy I use is when I buy a piece of clothing I take one out of my closet or drawer and take to Goodwill. Or if I haven’t worn it for a season then I remove it from my wardrobe. However, I struggle doing this with my children.

  8. Thank you for this post! I have been trying to de-clutter lately…maybe its spring cleaning in full effect, maybe its because I’m sick of messes everywhere. I have taken the time to simply put the majority of the toys in buckets in the garage. It wasn’t a punishment, the kids have access to those buckets, it was simply a way of getting the clutter out of the house and leaving room for the absolute favorite toys. I’ve found that my house is less of a mess, and my kids are more creative with the toys they have. THank you for sharing these ideas and the great resource!

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