Tuesday, October 28, 2014

a new chapter | less things, not less life


This is our journey to a more simple life. Still full of color and warmth but simplified. A well-loved home that we will create over time. 

I will admit, when we were house hunting so many friends were building new homes. They were choosing all the trim and counters and they were designing their dream. I had my reservations about buying an older home, and now that we are here I am so happy. It feels like home. It has character and story. The yard is a little boys dream, and an enchanting retreat. It is most definitely home. There is much to be done over time, but I can't wait to see this house transform. I love the story within its walls and the many more memories they will hold. 

I thought that a new home and new environment would immediately motivate me to live a more organized life. That having triple the space of our previous homes would allow me to be tidy and structured. Truly I feel more overwhelmed and chaotic. Like I don't know where to begin, or what projects to take on. My mind continues to swirl around all the ideas I have and finding the best places to use our budget. We have this feeling that this will be the home where we spend most of our lives raising our children, So we want it to to reflect who we are more than any other place we have lived. We want it to be practical and functional. 

Through the unpacking process I have found how many things we have that really are unnecessary -- a life of buying things only for the moment. We are on a new journey now. A time to simplify. A time to clear the clutter and live a less hectic life. We aren't the young, naive family we once were, where we were filling toy bins with every new toy on the market because it would make our kids smart, strong, and happy. We know better now. We know that you don't need much to be successful and happy.  

I am not a minimalist by the means of the word. I tend to want things surrounding me. Now I can see how unnecessary it is. I think we all want to associate ourselves with the current style and Scandinavian trend that has crossed many borders due to social medias. I love the idea of less. I love the concept of an open space and not wanting to buy everything in sight. But I am not one who can live in a monochromatic world. I need color to feel alive. I thrive on things that make me feel something, and I love creating my world around all that I find inspiring. It is time to scale back on things. To create more time for family and more money for travel and adventure. So minimizing, yes. I like to call it bohemian minimalism. Less things, but not less life.  

So here it is, the new chapter of us. Simplifying life, and making the most of what surrounds us. Happy with who we are, and knowing the things around us only are a reflection of us - they don't define us. 

1 comment:

Erica said...

this totally resonated with me. i'm dug deep into a desire to pare down and minimize. did you read that nyt article about the japanese decluttering expert? her idea of only keeping things that spark joy totally spoke to me. and going forward, i think i'm going to only buy things that spark joy, regardless of how monochrome insta cool they are ;)