Home is a sanctuary. A place to recharge. It's where real life happens. And where family can be entirely themselves. Tears, tantrums and all.
It's where I value simplicity the most.
Everyday life can be chaotic. Mornings are a rush of getting breakfast on the table and packing school bags. Of getting everyone dressed and to their destinations by a specific time.
Since becoming a parent I've had to reassess the way I do things at home. When I fail to keep things simple it often results in little time to spend with each other, and frustration by all. Life feels rushed. Quality time is limited. And the kids are fighting for attention as they both feel it's being unfairly distributed. Throw into the mix a neglected husband and barely any time to wash my own hair and it's a recipe for exhaustion and guilt.
Through simplifying processes in the home I'm able to feel in control and breath a deep sigh of relief.
In a sense it involves letting go of perfection. I think it's nice to aim for perfection. But to accept when things aren't exactly so and being OK with it. Perfectly imperfect is what I strive for these days.
So in what ways can we simplify at home?
- Our meals
- Exercise routines
- Weekend activity
- Our possessions
- Our wardrobes
- Digital distractions
I'll go over these in more detail in coming posts. But for now let's take a moment to think about how much more time we could have in our lives if we simplify in even just one way.
Today's lunch is what I consider simple. A piece of double cream brie on bread along with a bowl of rocket and pine nuts tossed in olive oil. Voila. Food I love, prepared simply and beautifully. And next to no time to make it.
In what way can you simplify today?