Hi everyone! I love this thread--I just finished reading the entire thing (and I've put a hold on Radical Homemakers at the library thanks to the suggestion--it sounds right up my alley).Introduce yourself
I'm Astrea, stay-at-home writer mama to Willow, who's 12 months old. DH is PhDing in a really cool field of study. We're Canadian.Discuss what brought you to this place
It's a confluence of a lot of factors--political ideology, spiritual beliefs, environmentalism. I trace a lot of it back, though, ultimately, to the vision I've always had of my ideal home. For as long as I can remember, if I closed my eyes and imagined by ideal home, it's an incredibly simple space with nothing but the odd beeswax candle or jam jar of wildflowers for "decoration". I'd prefer for almost all of my home's aesthetic pleasure to come from things that are also useful (bedding, curtains, dishes, books, etc.), instead of having a bunch of pragmatic but ugly (plastic!) things and a bunch of pretty but useless things. I'm not there yet but I'm headed that way! Too much stuff--be it physical stuff, emotional stuff, social commitments, whatever--makes me feel unsettled, anxious and unhappy.How is this path and what has it taken you to?
This definitely feels like the right path for our family. We're in the midst of a big declutter now--the first of many, I'm sure. The more I simplify the more I want to simplify further! We recently had a garage sale and got rid of many things we didn't need, including a sewing machine (I hate to sew, and our neighbor has one DH can borrow if he needs to hem curtains or something) and our TV. I feel we need to work on simplifying our commitments--narrowing down our social circle to people we really care about and want to spend time with, for example, and saying "no" to more invitations and events.
Right now some of my goals are to work on decluttering the less obvious parts of life--going through our overflowing filing cabinet, culling spices and condiments I only use every six months, ripping all our CDs onto the computer so I can play them through our iPod and can get rid of the actual physical discs. I also want to commit to a goal of living plastic-free. For now, that'll mean keeping an eye out for glass, steel, wood, and cloth alternatives at thrift stores, while committing to avoid bringing new plastics into the house as much as possible. I'd love to go out and spend $1000 to replace all our plastic stuff with alternatives, but that's not in the cards right now and I'm not sure that's more environmentally responsible than just re-using the plastics we do have (food storage containers, ziploc bags for in the freezer, kids' toys we've been given
) until they wear out, anyway. Anyone have thoughts on that?Is it material things, an overabundance of too much in your life or something else?
It's feeling that our life is not entirely in harmony with our internal sense of how we need to live. Simplifying is currently a big part of my ongoing pursuit of a life of justice and integrity.
I'm very happy to meet you all!