It’s here! Starting today, we are launching a new category at Seriously Girl! “Home” is where your questions, thoughts, and ideas about all things related to home life will be stored. And also starting today, I’d like to begin a conversation in our new Home category about simplifying. Achieving a simpler life is something we hear a lot about but can’t seem to attain. Whether it’s uncontrolled laundry that never makes it out of the basket and into the drawer, or horizontal spaces that serve as drop zones for whatever is passing by, or a desk covered in stacks of paper…we all have those places that plague us. A simpler life is not just about clutter, though. It’s about contentment with what we have and who we are. It’s finding peace in the crazy — as opposed to filling our days with more activity and the house with more stuff. Whether it’s the drive to succeed that is sucking the life out of you, or the utter inability to say no, give some serious thought, girl, to what a simpler life might look like and what it might take to get you there.
We know intuitively that the main part of the problem in keeping a tidy house, is clutter. We have too much stuff and nowhere to put it. Our closets are bulging with clothes we don’t wear, our shelves full of books we don’t read. We are compelled to buy the latest and greatest kitchen appliances but they remain tucked away and unused – like juicers and bread machines and panini presses. We accumulate more and more stuff and become less and less content. When our possessions possess us, we know we need to do something about it, but somehow we don’t quite get there.
Is there more to a simpler life than just unloading unneeded possessions? Might it also reach into our driven-ness, our need to leave a big mark, the desire to be the most productive person we know? What is really most important? Pleasing people? Impressing others? Or being content with who we are, alongside what we have?
How about your spiritual life? Is your busy-ness hindering you from the devotion our Savior deserves? Are you over-involved? What difference could a simpler spiritual life make to your overall well-being?
What are the areas of your life that you’d like to simplify? Leave a comment below or send it, and/or a question, to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Home category is also the perfect place to share recipes, cleaning tips, organizational finds….whatever makes life at home easier and more enjoyable. Let’s do this together!
But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.
— 2 Corinthans 11:3 (NASB)
Recommended Reading: Simplify Your Spiritual Life: Spiritual Disciplines for the Overwhelmed by Donald Whitney (NavPress)