I have always loved to write, and I have wanted to start a blog for years, but I never felt like I had the time. Lately, I have significantly reduced the amount of time spent watching TV, and I have reduced a lot of the stuff that was cluttering my life. By doing these things, I have created some extra time. The benefits of watching less TV are obvious, but by clearing the things in my home, I got the added benefit of extra time that I do not have to spend on cleaning. Those of you who know me know how much I do not enjoy cleaning. I got so tired of it that I decided earlier this year that I had had enough. I have gotten rid of over 100 bags of stuff and am finally at the point where I can keep my house presentable without wasting so much time.
I have eliminated duplicates of things throughout my home by answering simple questions like… How many can openers does one family need? Do I really need every single color of that shirt that was on sale? How many towels/blankets/sheet sets do we ever really use? I gave each item in my closet a good hard look and asked myself if it fit, if I would really wear it again, if I even liked it in the first place, and if I went shopping today if I would buy it. I gave my children the chance to really evaluated their clothes, too. Children will be brutally honest if you give them the freedom and refrain from offering your own opinions. I allowed my older children the chance to look at each piece of clothing and tell me if they truly liked it or not – and didn’t argue with them if they said they didn’t like something, no matter how much it had cost. Don’t get me wrong, this is still a work in progress. I still have a lot of things in my home that I do not need (and many that I do not even like), but I am working each day toward a home filled with things that I love.
My latest adventures revolve around creating a more simple life by getting back to the basics and trying to show my children how people lived in “the good ole days” – the days of our grandparents. I’m not doing this by eliminating our activities, but we are trying to incorporate some basic farm life ideals into our lives. We have started raising a variety of chickens and collecting eggs, we plan to plant a larger scale garden this year, and we have a few more surprises up our sleeves.
I like to share experiences with others. I cook. I craft. I raise chickens. I experience life with my husband and three children. I created this blog to share my life with those who choose to follow along.