I’m stepping away from social media for the month of July. A month-long tech-break has been on my want-to-do list for a long time, so I put it on my 30-before-30 list and now I’m finally making it happen. There are a variety of reasons I’m doing it, and a range of results I can guess might happen. Mostly, it’s a break like any other to set aside a routine, a habit, and experience life a little simpler.
In my ebook, Simplifying Home, I follow the intro up with a chapter on Simplifying Seasons and Seasons of Life. Seasons are such a perfect term, figuratively and literally, for the flow of life. There’s a time to plant and a time to pick what has been planted; a time to laugh and a time to cry; a time to log on and a time to log off; a time to declutter and a time to simply enjoy life and home and family as it is in this season. (That’s my rough paraphrase of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.) read more…
A big part of simplifying home (and maintaining a simple home) is regular cleaning routines. I used to stay on top of pretty specific daily and weekly cleaning checklists, but that was several years and two kids ago, so this is not that post.
Instead, I’m sharing some of our favorite mostly-natural cleaning products that make the cleaning jobs easier when we finally get around to them and keep our home feeling fresh and clean even in the midst of our daily busyness. And hopefully you’ll get a tip or two for enjoying simple cleanliness a little more often.
I have a love-hate relationship with technology and especially social media. I spend most of my work time on the computer. Some of that time is spent writing and creating (aka work), and a lot of that time is spent online getting distracted. Whether you work in an office or work from home or don’t even work on the computer, I imagine you might relate to being overwhelmed by tech use.
The truth is that while I waste hours using social media in ways I know I shouldn’t (hello, comparisons and mindless scrolling), I can’t let that discredit the tremendous blessings it’s opened for me. My biz besties I met in a Facebook group for an ecourse I took, and 3 years later we still “meet” over Google Hangouts biweekly to encourage and challenge each other. Hey, thanks internet.
I attended a local gathering that I found out about from an online community. I didn’t know a single person there, but that one meeting has led to a life-giving local monthly bloggers group and my getting to take part in our local Listen to Your Mother show. Who knew, internet, you do have great things to offer.
Those are just a couple of the bigger examples where the internet has had tremendous ripple effects in my life. So while I spend a lot of time moaning and complaining all the ways I am tempted to misuse technology and let it control me, there are actually many worthwhile benefits.
Technology doesn’t have to be the time-suck (and life-suck) that many of us allow it to be. Here are some practical ways to simplify online, keep the addiction in check, and find the blessings in technology.
I used to think simplifying was a complex combination of tricky organization, painful sorting, and eventually becoming a different person, because my struggles with stuff just didn’t seem to mesh with simplicity. The truth is that finding simplicity is actually a little simpler and a little easier and it all starts and ends with two simple habits.
Send more out + bring less in.
I know, it seems I’m over-simplifying this. But let’s unpack those two habits for a moment. read more…
If you use questions like “what if” to excuse keeping your excess belongings, here’s your toolbox for letting go with confidence. I’ve spun my wheels with finding what I thought were legitimate reasons to keep the excess. But I spent good money on it. What if I need it in the future? It was a gift. It still works. It brings back good memories.
The list goes on. Oh, how I’m familiar with the rabbit trail of emotional and psychological attachment to things that get in my way of my real dream of living simply! I’ve heard them from others, too, so I know I’m not alone. Over the last several years I stumbled into some questions that really help me let go of even the most difficult belongings. (Goodbye wedding dress and favorite books.)
And, you know what? I don’t regret a single thing I’ve gotten rid of. In fact, I regret holding on too much and too long. I still have some simplifying to do and when I look at what’s left my thought is always, Trina, you could have gotten rid of this years ago and reached your goal by now. Get to it!
Let’s start asking better questions while we sort our belongings, and get to those goals of living simply in better homes and better lives! read more…
I’m Trina, the girl behind Simplifying Home. You can learn more about me here; enter your name and email below to keep in touch; introduce yourself in the comments of one of the blog posts; and use #SimplifyingHome for your simplifying photos and posts on social media. Look forward to encouraging each other toward simple!