Unfortunately I couldn't make this post with less words,
I needed more......
"That which is less complicated is often better understood and more appreciated than what is more complicated; simplicity is preferable to complexity; brevity in communication is more effective than verbosity. (Wiktionary)"
I like these examples from: The Other Side of Complexity
- When we schedule less appointments, we can give more focused attention to those we keep, as well as breathing easier in the margin.
- When we expose ourselves to less screen time, we tend to be more creative, less fatigued, and have less risk of damaged eyesight.
- When we have less clutter in our homes and workplaces, we have more peace of mind and better quality work.
- When we buy less, we have more to save, give & invest.
- When we take less work home, we can spend more time with our family & friends.
- When we put less in our schedule, budget, closet, life…we tend to have better results.
So my point is that if I spend less time here I will have more time to get to all the things I've been neglecting for several years now. What I have been wanting in my life for years now is simplicity. Less clutter will bring more peace of mind rather than the feeling of being overwhelmed in my home.
I made myself a promise last year that come November I am going to get down all the Christmas boxes and go through them to get rid of the things I no longer put out. This is not the only area in my home that needs this done but I feel it is where I need to start at this time. The rest can follow beginning in January.
Sure I do the normal things like laundry, dusting, straightening and vacuuming but the closets and cabinets have been neglected for far too long. I admit I have become lazy due to my time on the computer along with my illnesses over the years. Lazy breeds lazy and I don't want to be that way anymore. I have to start to push myself through this and I know once I start I won't want to stop because it feels so darn good to declutter!
I could easily say that it has been wasted time but it hasn't been because there has been an enormous amount of joy in the friendships I have made with all of you. I'm not going anywhere, I'm still going to be here but my time is going to be more limited. I will continue to post three times a week because this is my journal, my way for future generations to get to know something about me, my likes, quirks and opinions.
I have always been what I call a 'pay it forward' type of blogger. I read blogs in my Feedly account from oldest to newest. Unless your brand new to my blog I don't visit you because you commented on my post, I visit you because you are in my line-up and I like to read your blog.
I just don't see how I can continue to read 60+ posts each day. If I spend 5 minutes reading and responding that means I am doing that for 5 hours each day! I also have emails, Facebook and Pinterest, along with a game I like to play. Yes I have been doing this for many years now! Needless to say that is why other things have been neglected......
Granted some days there are less to read or I have just been less interested some days. I have mentioned this before, it is something that a blogging friend had told me and it has been on my heart a lot lately. "You are spending your time reading other people's lives instead of living your own!" True enough but I do enjoy knowing what is going on in your lives. That's what friends are for.......
Being ill the last two month has made me reflecting more on my life. I'm thinking of the time I spend here when I should have been cleaning something out when I actually had the energy to do so. My house doesn't look messy or cluttered. If you visited you wouldn't see a thing out of place and I'm not a hoarder. It's just time to live a 'less is more' kind of life.
We will definitely be moving in a few years to a smaller place. Also being ill you start to think about the mess you would leave for others to clean out and I don't want to do that to my loved ones. If you do go over to the link above where I shared the examples you will also see that it doesn't mean you can't buy things! Looking at things I have I recently discovered that things I wanted 10 years ago don't have the same thrill anymore.
By the way I am feeling better each day. I'm not out of the woods yet and we never found out what was wrong but I am thankful that I am starting to feel like myself again. I actually bowled on Thursday without getting winded or having my head sweat which is so embarrassing.
As much as I hate blogging this way I am going to start to visit those who comment on my posts and then when I have some down time (or a day when I'm not feeling well) I will go to each of my favorite bloggers and pick a few posts to read and comment on. This should free up some time for me right now especially with the Holiday's coming which is always a busy time for most of us.