It’s Week 16 of the 52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge, here’s our challenge for this week:
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Week 16: Simple Things in Life
Since I’ve started purging my home of unnecessary clutter, I’ve been carefully evaluating the worth of each item in my home in terms of space and value. Each item has gone through a brutal evaluation process, and I’ve found myself asking whether or not each item sparks joy. More often than not, the answer was no and I felt instantly lifted from the weight of my things. Now that more than half of my rooms have been purged, I spend a lot of time reflecting on what’s left.
While our rooms are now filled with useful items and practical necessities, it’s the simple things that make the room come to life. When Target put out their spring collection, there were these adorable plastic succulents that I just HAD to have in my home. When I first bought them, they just made the TV stand feel more cluttered than it already was. Now that all the unnecessary is gone, these succulents have some prime real estate, and continue bring me joy every time I see them.
I used to think that I could only feel that type of joy from buying new things and filling my home with valuable possessions. Now, I constantly find myself seeking the simpler things in life, such as enjoying a cup of coffee in the early morning or sitting on the porch with my Fiance on warm nights. I look forward to mornings spent at our gym, and a good book to dive into.
If you were to look through my Amazon wish list at this time last year, you would have found about 12 pages full of random knickknacks and other useless junk. Now, you’ll find a few necessary items for our home and a list full of books. I’m not denying myself the things I want, but rather changing my focus. Instead of looking for meaning in my things, I’m looking for my things to bring me meaning. Everything that comes in my home needs to serve a purpose or bring me joy, and it’s made life so much simpler.
If you are struggling to get a handle on the simple life, start by purging your life of everything that doesn’t have meaning. Get rid of all the books you don’t find interesting anymore, get rid of the things you don’t use, and display the things you truly love. Open the windows and enjoy the nice fresh air throughout your home, and take a moment to smell the flowers as you leave to run errands. The simple things in life are often the ones we take for granted, but are the ones we also miss the most when they’re gone.