Simplify. It seems like this word has unintentionally become my ‘word of the year’ or my ‘theme’. I am simplifying many areas of my life: wardrobe, meals, beauty routines and even my ‘online life’.

Last month, I shared my heart with you and asked for your input regarding this blog.

First, thank you for input! I was touched by your kind words and encouraged both to continue blogging here as well as in my role as a mama and wife!

I read through each of the comments and e-mails taking notes and gaining a better understanding of my dear readers!

I’m sure you’ve noticed that I have been posting less frequently. I’ve posted about once a week this past month and while I do have plans to begin writing with more frequency soon, it has been wonderful to take a step back from my ‘online life’ and devote myself fully to my family.

To be completely honest with you, writing less has resulted in a cleaner house, a more relaxed home environment and I just feel like I actually have things together! Maybe I’m really on to something!

I’ve found:

  • A load of laundry a day helps to keep it under control.
  • Faithfully ironing once a week prevents a huge ironing pile that takes 2 hours to get through!
  • Washing dishes 2-3 times a day prevents a huge pile and makes my kitchen look nearly spotless!
  • Spending 10 minutes each evening putting things back where they belong makes the house seem neat.
  • Going through junk mail and filing important papers prevents a huge pile!
  • Quickly checking e-mail, Facebook and Twitter and then getting off of the computer is a huge time saver!

I feel that limiting my time online {blogging, Twitter, Facebook, e-mail} is the reason things have been so peaceful in our household lately.

What do you think? Is the internet a huge distraction for you? Have you set limitations?

Are you doing anything to simplify your life?

8 Replies to “Simplify”

  1. Thank you for sharing this! I too have found that limiting my time on the internet has made me a much more productive person. I have more focus, I feel more intentional. I struggle/ed with limiting my time, and so this is a continual process, but one I am most encouraged by. :0)

  2. Your theme of simplifying has brought me to really dig in and simplify my home – my husband and I spent all day yesterday doing small projects throughout our home that will help us organize and declutter. Bring on the blogs with more organizing ideas – I am trying to apply 🙂 Thank you!

  3. I recently wrote about this as well. Yes, the Internet is a huge distraction for me! I am trying to limit my use and one thing that I will be giving up for Lent is using my cell phone for anything other than phone calls. This will be huge for me!

    I'm glad that you'll still be blogging!

  4. Rachel, I hate to admit it, but I do spend way too much time on my computer. And, I have started to reduce my time online. I need to do a whole lot of housework in order to get back on track. Since I don't work, I thought this was a great outlet for me to chat and visit with other stay-at-home moms. My son is going to be 16 on March 13th and I haven't planned one thing. Its time to get BUSY! I have a daily schedule of things to do posted on my refrigerator for each day of the week except Sunday. This helps me to simply my days and not be too overwhelmed with housework. Good luck simplifying your life.

  5. You are so right about the one load of laundry a day. That has really helped in our house too. We have also started doing the dishes twice a day. Its funny how the little things make life go a lot smoother.

  6. Oops didn't mean to submit that already. LOVE what you have here. We too have been on a simple journey, are currently selling our home in order to be 100% debt free, and have made big steps toward frugality and simplicity. I'm writing an article right now for FrugalLivingNW and would love to link to some of your ideas. Thanks so much!!

    1. Simplifying has been wonderful! I'm becoming more organized, relaxed, happier and focused on the important things! I would love for you to link to some of my posts!

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