I've donated quite a bit of my clothing and am currently gearing up for a yard sale. Someone's trash is someone else's treasure, right?! (As I'm writing this I'm thinking I really ought to get back to looking through my "trash.") I've been going room to room, looking through everything and I have to say that it feels really good when you make progress on simplifying your life. Getting rid of the extra in our lives for others to use who may actually USE it feels great. Why do I have so many coats anyway? And candles? Ok, so the power goes out here in our neighborhood more often than anywhere I've ever lived, but really? It is a bit ridiculous to have this many candles! I've also come to the realization that having so much stuff means that there is more to take care of and organize - meaning it takes more work to have more stuff. And what I want these days is more time to enjoy my little ladies.
Someone recently told me, "You guys don't live high off the hog." I thought to myself, "That's an understatement" but I just smiled and agreed. We have what we refer to as po' people cable TV and internet and just recently added texting to our cell phone plans (yes we're woefully behind and do not use the internet on our phones). We eat out and/or go out maybe once every three months, don't even mention a weekend away or a family vacation. We set low budgets for special occasions; well ok, except for our girls. We recently "splurged" on an event that has been canceled, which was very disappointing to say the least, but at least the money will be refunded back to our credit card. Simple living. I actually don't find it very hard to live this way. The "sacrifice" to live this way so that I can work only part time to be with my girls means more to me than what I see as "extras."
I have a magnet on our fridge that I have had for a while - since high school I think - "A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone." Henry David Thoreau. It's funny that this struck me my junior year in high school. I wish I had taken that advice to heart way back then. But, we now have been trying to live within our means, live simply and focus on what is important. I know there is more I can do, more I can get rid of. It makes me want to get back to the task at hand and just keep purging our stuff.