Joining in!So Introduce yourself and..
Sara, homemaker/SAHM to Gareth (19mo), Lachlan (coming in Dec.), and sometimes Calum (14 yrs.). Enjoy far too many things - all kinds of needlework/crafts, kitchen skills, veg/herb gardeing, etc. I hope to become certified as a doula and possibly childbirth/breastfeeding educator over the next...five years? Slowly working through doula reading material in prep for eventually taking the courses. Intend to homeschool our little ones.-discuss what brought you to this place
I think it boils down to a desire for time and space. Freedom. I want to feel able to, say, read a little or do needlework during DS naps, or take walks and go to the park w/ DS and not feel like there's 17,000 other things I 'ought' to be doing. To feel able to have folks knock on the door unannounced and invite them in w/o any qualms. To have the amount of stuff that actually fits, comfortably, into the spaces we *have*, rather than what we *might* have, someday. For our physical spaces to feel restful and nurturing.
Part of theis is physical - i.e., decluttering material stuff - and part of it (a lot of it?) is mental/emotional. I feel I've made lots of progress on both fronts - letting go of housework sometimes, but also starting to get to a point where the spaces *are* feeling less crowded, etc.-how is this path and what has it taken you to?
See above. Have some ways to go, but am starting to feel really good about our physical space and about life in general - I didn't feel 'bad' about life, but...maybe it's like the difference between being 'not sick' and being healthy? Or even healthy vs. optimum body condition/function? (Not there yet!
)Is it material things, an overabundance of too much in your life or something else?
A little of both - but mostly material things right now, I think. In the past couple weeks, I've attacked decluttering, cleaning, culling, organizing with a new enthusiasm and am really feeling the positive results. I'm actively seeing the lower-maintenance of having less crowded space, and feeling the physical and mental energy that comes with not having clutter draining you.
So...I guess I'm here for like-mindedness, for sharing the journey...I see 'rhythm' and continuing to establish good habits being a big theme in the next few months to a year, as the physical spaces get closer to our ideal. Also, with a new baby, establishing a new rhythm that works for us all will go a long way toward our days feeling 'simpler', I think!