i feel compelled toward simplicity more and more each year. like pauletoy i'm also loving all the self-sufficient skills, homesteading is probably the best work for it for me, just now...though i live in a huge city.
we're a homelearning family, and i try to keep our commitments pretty low. 3 or 4 regular activities feels like a ton, we love to do so many things at home and really like to have free time to play and visit friends.
we live in two countries just now - so i have two households, which isn't simple at all in ways, though the one in canada is a suite that already belonged to the family, and we've just added a bit of furniture + filled the kitchen out. we have one bench + a couple of baskets of toys there, and a lot of books - it fits right in and when we're not here, my family can have visitors stay. for now it works, and we'll see how things go. i'm doing my best to make sure we haven't replicated very much, and that i keep our belongings limited. i know what i have, and if i want it in england i'll take it with me when i visit, rather than buy it again. the things that are really important are quite few.
i was happy to declutter a LOT when we sold up to do this, and i'm happy with our spaces for the most part. i don't keep things if we don't love + use them. my partner has joined me in that, a lot more, which makes me happy
. we recently 'lent' a lot of toys to friends, so that we can visit the toys sometimes but just have a lot less. it feel reasonable for the first time in years. it is all certainly both loved + used.
the thing i find funny about simplicity is that it isn't simple as in 'easy'. i love to do things myself, and that can take a long time, and sometimes can even be more expensive, though definitely of better quality. i love the creativity unleashed when i decide i want to make it all myself, or fix it up myself. for example, my children have always received gorgeous, new clothing from a couple of very generous family members. but what they'd really like is patterns and fabric, so we can make our own, exactly as we like, not very much, and learn how to do it, and have the pleasure of making it ourselves. hopefully that will catch on