Keep it Simple
My quest for simplicity started in childhood. As the severity of my parents hoarding increased, so did my desire for a less complicated life. Night was the most peaceful time for me then, much as it is now. As a child, it’s when the chaos seemed to subside, and the darkness hid what daylight showcased.
The complexity of my life was partly our family dynamic – there wasn’t a lot of happiness. Love yes, happiness no. After my grandmother’s death, there seemed to be more bitterness, depression and anxiety – the perfect triggers for hoarding. For me, it meant complete sensory overload. Everything I saw and heard was too much. It felt as though it filled every space of my being. I longed for simplicity. I fell in love with black clothing when I was younger because I found it soothing – and simple. I still wear it for the same reason.
As an adult, I love clean simple lines in furniture, modern but warm home decor and clothing, and most of all, I love uncomplicated relationships. I have a very low “drama” tolerance. Life is way too short. Love, honesty, mutual respect – all things that make life much easier. I love technology because used properly; it allows me to simplify my life. It keeps me organized, in touch with those closest to me, and it keeps music and books at my fingertips – things that calm me.
At home, I alphabetize the spices in my spice drawer, I organize my pantry in groups of like items, and I organize the clothes in my closest according to type and color. I may get teased about OCD tendencies, but it’s nice to know that I can find anything in seconds. From time to time I search for things to keep life simple, it’s how I came across sites like Marc and Angel Hack Life , Zen Habits, and Simple Mom.
I realized something funny over the years. Many people that write about simplifying life come from a childhood where things were simpler and then as they grew older, life became complicated and they returned to a much simpler lifestyle. My journey has been just the opposite, I started out in a complicated situation, and learned as I got older, that there had to be a better, simpler, way and I’m definitely not going back!by