Simplicity. What does it mean to you?

When you think about simplicity, do you think about a modern, austere space that’s all decorated in black and white? Do you think about a cabin in the middle of nowhere, back before there were TVs and smart phones? Does it feel unattainable, or “not you”? Do you feel a longing, but have no idea how to get there?

Here’s the thing. I believe simplicity is flexible and individual. I believe that each one of us, no matter the size of your family or your home (from being single in a tiny apartment in the city to a many kids and many pets in an old farmhouse on acreage), can have a simplicity that just fits. You’re unique, and your simplicity will be unique to you.

Here at Simple Joyful Home I’ll give you examples of what works for us and how I simplify, and I’ll also share inspiring ideas and solutions from others. Pick and choose what works for you. Leave the rest. The idea of simplicity is to let go of what doesn’t work to make room for what does. Your home and your life should be functional but should also be a source of joy and delight.

So take a few minutes today, and think about simplicity. What pictures do you see in your head? Have you ever been on a vacation, or stayed somewhere, or looked at a magazine layout that left you with that feeling of relaxation and instant calm?  I’d love to hear about it, help you work through roadblocks on the simplicity journey, and help you discover your simplicity.

We have our own set of challenges in our home. We live in the forest with a gravel driveway (someday, friends… someday I will have a paved driveway). We have a big, effervescent lab puppy that sheds like crazy. We have a daughter who has not inherited my fondness for purging, to whom everything is very precious. I have a husband who works long hours and would much rather save something than have to ever buy it again. 🙂 So my simplicity will look much different than yours!

Let’s walk the path of simplicity together, Instead of feeling as thought there is too much to take care of to ever catch up, let’s simplify our homes into retreats that help us relax and unwind.