There is a trend sweeping our country to return to a simpler way of living. The bookshelves I’ve been browsing lately are a reflection of this. There are several books on simplicity which can mean actually living a simple life as well as moving away from materialism and  decluttering of household items (which is nearly a movement in itself). Additionally there are numerous websites and online support groups related to both simplicity and decluttering. It’s a good pairing.

Happening on this section at this time was a great time for me since I had recently hopped on the decluttering wagon and I’ve always been a pretty “simple” girl. I especially enjoy looking at before and after photos once someone has “simplified” or “decluttered” their environment. The photos are inspirational. It’s true that a picture is worth a thousand words. Equally true is the fact that living more simply allows us to concentrate on what is really importatnt.

8 thoughts on “Simplicity

  1. How true, how true. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed, not only by the clutter in my personal space, but in the environmental vibespace of mass consciousness. So many demands on attention, from noise, visuals, all this stuff seeming to scream for attention and recognition, like junk mail or advertising. Peace and quiet have succumbed to the industrial age.

    They say nature abhors a vacuum. I see this in closets and on shelves, where clearing of space only reveals more clutter behind it, as though stuff materializes from hyperspace to fill the void.

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  2. Hi Katherineotto! It’s good to hear from you again.

    I definitely understand what you are saying about the demands on our attention from environmental stimuli. I think there comes a time when we just need to turn everything off and not be so connected–at least for awhile. It’s amazing how just a few minutes of this everyday is rejuvenating.

    It does seem as though any flat surface is a magnet for clutter. I am currently trying to follow the KonMari method to simplify life. It’s taking a little while, but the process is fun and I’ve have quite a lot of success with this method. If you are interested just let me know and I will get the book title for you.

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  3. Well I was not going to post on this subject. But when you live in a third world country, simplicity becomes a way of life. We no longer have a computer or lap top. We cook by gas, when there is no electricity, we use battery flashlights, or ones that can be recharged.

    Most people do not have many things anyway, and in typhoon Nona, many people lost all they had. This seems to be the more negative. But there is a positive side, I have been able to spend more time in God’s Word without distractions.

    We do have cell phones, so we can keep in touch with loved ones abroad. God has helped us get rid of a lot of things. We went from a two bedroom house to an efficiency apartment, smaller than a motel room or close to the same size. But living simply has its advantages.

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