Oh how I miss the days where life was simple. Even though our lives are more simple than others, I strive to cut it back even more, but the question is how. I have been thinking about this subject for weeks and have finally decided to put it down in writing. Now, this isn’t perfectly written by any means, mainly because its a very sprawled out subject, but it’s the main point that I want to urge everyone to think about.
I strongly feel as though society has pushed this unrealistic expectation that we need the best of everything, and everything must be ran by technology. Um, no. It’s so much more difficult now, and we wonder why everyone is so stressed all the time (including myself). You can’t watch television without commercials bombarding you and your family about how you need an item, or if you have a bigger and better house or car, you’ll be happier. It’s all a lie.
Small and Simple Home Living
I have lived in my 2008 Fleetwood Single Wide mobile home since 2009, and I am the only owner. We live in a small park, at a dead end and only have 7 other people around us. It is just below 1,000sq.ft. and has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. When I bought this home, I was married to my ex-husband and we only had 1 small child. The plan was to live here and move into something larger no later than 5 years. Oh, how life changes.
8 years later and I am still here and my family has changed and grown. My husband Patrick and I, and our 2 girls, Ayda and Ashley have made it work, but sometimes it’s hard. Small spaces get messy real quick, especially with 2 girls, a dog, cat and guinea pig (not to mention the husband). I easily get overwhelmed and it takes me weeks to get caught up again. That’s why I have finally found a plan that I truly think will work: 1 room a day with a 10 minute pick up session before bed. Here is what my days will look like.
Wednesday: Living Room
Thursday: Kids Bedrooms
Friday: Master Bedroom
Sunday: The Sabbath and day of rest
Of course there will still need to be washing dishes, laundry, and little tasks, but having one room to do your deep cleaning a day will make it so much more manageable. Plus, the girls have been very great at keeping their rooms and bathroom clean so that helps a ton. So there’s what will help keep my tiny space clean and organized. Now to home improvement.
We have planned out what we will be doing to update our home. Since we have been here so long and its very inexpensive, we have decided and devoted to keep the home and ultimately buy property and move it there. Little things make the most out of a home, like decor and painting. 2 years ago we pulled up all the carpet and placed down hardwood and its beautiful! This spring we will be repairing nicks in walls and redoing all the trim. I am so excited! I LOVE home improvement, well the end result anyway. We will also be building a new deck in the back yard and a mudroom up front (That can be taken off when moved.
I really wasn’t sure how to name this section of my post because it includes so many different things, from technology to wants verses needs.
A huge issue in our household was technology. Lets be honest, we have all had a time in our lives where we get sucked into our games, phones and computers. Obviously working at home I can’t get away from it since my business is ran on technology, but I have come to realization that I need to cut back. Also, YouTube Kids is not always child appropriate. If you have been following me, you know my oldest has anxiety along with behavior issues. We noticed the behavior was out of control, took their tablets completely away and have seen a huge improvement. We even asked Ayda if she was learning this behavior from YouTube and she said yes. Well, problem solved.
So why did all the sudden we decided that we need to have everything little thing on some form of technological tool? Here is what I have done to cut back for our family and it has been much more peaceful since
-We have been pushing ourselves to read more. Seems like the only thing anyone reads anymore is Facebook and links that people share. I will admit that I read from a Kindle, but that’s all that I use it for. I personally love to read self-help type of books. I get sucked it so easily!
-We play more games and do more family activities. Baking cookies, playing twister, reading stories together, movie nights and painting rocks.
-I have a planner instead of using the calendar app on my phone. Yes, I still have certain things on their like workout classes and important meetings or appointments just because I get a notification, but other than that, EVERYTHING is in my planner; chores, business tasks, meetings, chores, literally everything.
Now, I would like to tell you we do have cable television, but we can go days without watching it.
So what is my point? Here it is: Can you live without certain things? Do you really need it, or is it just a want? If so, try for a week and I guarantee you will feel a sense of freedom, especially if you replace them with more productive tasks. On Facebook to much? Learn how to crochet and make a blanket? Maybe read a book or paint. I strongly believe that we all should re-evaluate our lives and see where we can cut back (not just financially) to help ourselves strive the best we can. It is crazy how cutting back on anything helps us emotionally and even financially, and therefore we are able to put our time and money towards what matters. Simplicity is key! I promise. I have cut back and want to cut back more. I am becoming a minimalist and am okay with it. You never know what you may be missing with the ones you love, just because of materialistic things.