Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Soul Sharing ~ Simple

I've never been one for making resolutions; but regardless of what title you give them, sometimes changes need to be made in our lives. Recently I have been noticing a shift in my own actions towards simplifying. I have always been good to keep my possessions thinned out and not hold on to things that I don't use or love. But, as is usually the case, there are always those exceptions to the rule.

I got to thinking about this subject when reading an old magazine clipping I had that talked about having a signature color of wrapping paper. How simple would that make gift giving? Choose a paper and ribbon color combo and stick to it. That would sure beat my bin full of rolls of paper and baskets jammed with tangled ribbons. But gift wrap is only the beginning. I also noticed that I had already started to simplify other things in my life without even being aware that I was doing it.

I love bath and body products and I buy them recklessly. I keep an average of 8-10 different lotions and regularly cycle through all sorts of makeup and face creams. But what's the point? I am now on a mission to find what works best for me and stick to it. I have discovered that Aveeno lotion does wonders on my skin and will make it my lotion of choice from now on. No more masses of scents and tubes of potions past their prime. And I am working on the rest of my beauty stash along the way.

I also have a tad bit of an addiction to magazines. But after years and years of being an avid magazine subscriber, I am finding less and less to be excited about in many of the publications that frequent my mailbox. I have been letting the lesser of the subscriptions lapse in an attempt to only receive magazines that I truly enjoy and that I feel enrich my life in some way. (even if it's just feeding me beautiful fashion.)

Just think. How many times do we let these sort of things clutter up our lives? How many blogs are on your feed that you don't even look at? How many perfumes are on your dresser that you never use? How often do you buy something with good intentions, but never actually get around to?

It may not be a resolution, but I am hoping that simplifying becomes a regular part of my life and who I am. Not only does it reduce clutter, decrease wastefulness, and make things run smoother; it actually clears up a little more space in your mind, too. And that is something I am sure we could all use.

*photos from here, here, and here.


annelise said...

Simplifying is good for the soul. I'm pretty low maintenance when it comes to hair and make up products, I just stick with what I know, but then on the other hand, that can get boring every now and then. A balance - if it can be found - is ideal.

Magazines just don't do it for me anymore. I used to devour them but when I buy one these days, I'm disappointed. I think it's because of the internet and there just being so much more out there than what they can put in a couple hundred glossy pages. It's a bit of a shame because I used to love them.

Dawn said...

Yahoo! I LOVE this! I was thinking how scattered I feel lately...and you pinned the tail on the clutter! Thank you. Off to throw out some useless and cancel some subscriptions:) Woot!

amy b.s. said...

so beautiful! that yellow is just amazing.

Katarina said...

I try to simplify as often as possible. Starting with my home, because it's quite small, so I tend to buy as little as possible...also reader. And I've been using the same perfume fo 7 years, so there's just one bottle.
Not that good with books and magazines...they're just everywhere.

Loving all that yellow by the way.