Simplifying my space has been a harder project than I first thought and of course I am nowhere near finishing but the areas I have completed are working so well it is motivating me to press on. As you will have noticed I have produced very few posts about this project as time has not been on my side during February but I will keep you updated as I complete a task. I am concentrating my time in our home office at the moment which is probably a months work in itself. Hopefully this weekend I will get to photograph the fruits of my labours!
Whilst I have been doing all these tasks I have been thinking a lot about how I can make my space both simple and uncluttered and keep it that way. In fact I did wonder if I am simplifying at all or just reducing.
Even though simplifying and reducing are closely related terms I think there is a big difference between the two, for instance I could simplify my meals without reducing the amount I cook or I could reduce the amount I cook but still keep my meals quite complex.
The dictionary says to simplify is to make easier – so how would I make my space easier once I have reduced the contents?
This is what I came up with –
I can rearrange the items to make a more workable space – both the furniture and the decorative objects.
I can make the cleaning easier – washable surfaces, revamp existing items, maintain existing items, clean simple lines and shapes.
I can simplify how the space is used so it is single rather than multiple use eg the kitchen for cooking, the bedroom for sleeping and dressing.
I can simplify the decor making it more restful.
I can introduce better storage.
With my finances I can simplify the way I am dealing with them and tracking them as well as reducing the amount I am spending.
So as I am reducing I will also simplify by keeping in mind the above check list.
Whilst on the subject I thought I would share this short video I came across recently on You Tube and although this is a life taking simplicity to extremes it does have a certain appeal to me.
They have named their tiny home Innermost House – such a beautiful name and I especially like the fact that even the few books that they have with them are ‘chosen’ to live there. If you have a few moments take a look and tell me what you feel after watching it. Would this life appeal to you or fill you with horror?
Thoreauvian simple living: unelectrified, timeless tiny home