alright, so i need your help … or some advice.
lately i have been seeing and hearing the word ‘simplify’ a lot. even as i was typing this, the postman delivered my august martha stewart living and across the front cover (which is beautiful as always) it says in fancy script ‘simplified’.
i also thought a lot about a comment made by a fellow blogger today over at abby try again. she writes,
“James and I lead an incredibly simple life. We don’t own a car, we don’t own a television, no iphones, no fancy expensive cameras. Believe me, if we could afford these things-I’d have them all in a heartbeat, but for now they just aren’t within our reach.”
lately i’ve been trying figure out how i can buy a new car … a jeep perhaps – but do i need it? no, my car is fine. old, but fine.
ever since i heard the word ipad, i knew i needed one … and have been trying to justify reasons for buying one. but do i really need it? no. not at all. can i even afford it right now? heck no!
all those beautiful things i showed you from CB2. do i love them all? yes. do i want them all? yes. do i need them. yes. nope.
i’m also surrounded by lots of ‘things’ in my own personal space.
when i worked in philadelphia i wore a suit and tie everyday. in the past two years i can count the time i wore a tie on my one hand. so what do i do with these fifty plus ties that i adored two years ago? give them away? keep them in a box?
tea cups and saucers that came with the bed and breakfast. they have been in this cupboard for two years. i don’t want to get rid of them because ‘what if’ i need them? and this is only one collection of things that were a ‘free gift with purchase’. i have an excess amount of tools, tacky headboards, baskets, etc. i didn’t even buy the stuff … and don’t even like it … but i don’t have the heart/nerve to throw it away.
plant trays and plastic pots. i’ve had these for over a year in case i ‘need’ them. but they just get in the way.
i could go on, but you get the idea. right? what do you do with this stuff? i’m learning that holding on to these things leads to clutter. then clutter leads to stress. and stress leads to unhappiness.
so, i think it’s time to simplify. any adivice is appreciated. do you have the same issue? how have you simplified your life? how long do you hold unto stuff? how do you stop yourself from buying things you don’t really need? etc, etc, etc….
i promise to do my own research. and with your help, comments, links, etc i will post (sometime next week) our findings. thanks in advance!
(wow – my pictures are beautiful in this post today. maybe i should think about putting them into a contest. the garbage can.)