I’ve been slowing down on online things and embracing the simple things more in the real world. It’s why I haven’t been around here much. (Well that combined with Grace’s shorter naps, her teething and catching up with people for coffee).
I’m enjoying the simple things right now like going for walks, spending time playing with Grace, reading lots more than I have in the last year, and enjoying real life catch ups with my mum friends.
I’ve also been on a huge decluttering and minimalism streak which has seen me donate about 10 garbage bags of clothes, hundreds of books and countless boxes of household items I was holding onto ‘just in case’.
My minimalism has come at a good time really. Babies bring with them a lot of stuff but due to my overwhelming desire to keep things simple (and as an extension of that, frugal) I have resisted the desire to go to the baby store and buy one of everything.
We don’t have a lot of things for Grace when I compare with what some other people have. Having lots of toys and things for your baby isn’t a bad thing by any stretch, that’s definitely not what I’m saying. I do actually look at some of the things other people have and sometimes wonder if I’m being unfair on Grace by not buying her lots of things. But she doesn’t know any different and it’s not like she is unhappy playing with what she has. As she gets older I want to teach her to appreciate the things she does have rather than wanting things she doesn’t (a lesson I need to learn constantly as well!).
I’ve also been clearing the surfaces of my home, carefully selecting the things that will stay and clearing away the rest. Part of it is making it easier to clean, part of it is in preparation for when Grace is on the move but mostly it’s just that I’m sick of clutter. I do like decorations in my home, but I want to keep them to things that mean something, things that make me happy (or things that ’spark joy’) rather than things for the sake of things.
I’m almost at a point where I’m happy with the way things are in my home. There are few things still to work on, a few things to buy and some things to declutter and organise, but for the most part I’m really happy with where things are at.
My priority in terms of where I have spent my ‘free time’ lately has been on getting the house to a place I’m happy with. I won’t be able to declutter as intensely as I have been when I return to work so I’ve been relishing having the time to actually get things in order in my home to make it a more enjoyable place to be.
Now that I’m feeling good about the house I should have a bit more time and motivation to get back online and share some more post with you guys but I’m quite enjoying the freedom to do what I want at the speed I want.
I’m hoping to dedicate a bit more time to the blog now. It’s been quite neglected lately. I feel like it’s been enough of a break and a breather that I think I can come back to it refreshed and with things to say now. Because just like I don’t want things for the sake of things in my home, I don’t want to put a blog post up for the sake of just having a blog post. I’m also not going to stress myself with things needing to be ‘perfect’ before I’ll publish something here, which has been a big thing for me in the past.
So here’s to the simple things, to decluttering and to giving my blog a little bit more love in the future!
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