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Slowly Striving for Simple

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Look at it. Just look at it!

Clean Bathroom

That is my bathroom counter at this very moment and it’s looked like that since Sunday.

I know, I know, not much to boast about — I kept my bathroom clean for three whole days BUT it represents my current goal to do What I Can When I Can (I had to do it!) to make my life more simple.

This weekend I cleaned out the pantry and The Husband and I tackled the bathroom together. At first he wasn’t on board with my everything-has-a-place-clean-counter approach but after a few days of returning his toothbrush to the cabinet he’s totally on board. Walking into the bathroom every morning now puts a smile on my face. The big 30-minute investment to clean out the cupboards, remove the junk, and find a place for everything has already paid for itself in sanity alone. Cleaning now takes moments and I’m no longer overwhelmed by too much junk on the counter.

Simplicity at its best!

My goal is to tackle at least one area of the house every weekend until we have more simple spaces than disheveled ones. With the kids things have slowly and consistently gotten out of hand. Although I really can’t blame them, messes just build over time and when I don’t organize, clutter happens.

It doesn’t help that I’m married to a bit of a pack rat. The Husband is a fan of collecting things and I’m all about getting rid of things — yet another way were are so different. But he’s agreed to aid in my mission as long as I don’t touch the Legos.

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I think he’s crazy but… 20160309_8428

… he’s got a deal.

So this weekend I’m tackling the cabinet under the sink. Do I really need to save EVERY glass jar I’ve ever purchased? Then it’s all about my office and The 4-Year-Old’s room. The poor kid still has a changing table and diaper pail in there. He’s turning 5 in eight days. I think it’s time.

“Simple” is also how I’m approaching my diet, too. After Whole30 I got a little too caught up in labeling my diet and finding some nice pretty package to put it in. The truth is I’m a nothing’s-off-limits-everything-in-moderation girl. Always have been and always will be. And when I let myself keep a simple, no-strings-attached approach to eating, my diet naturally evolves over time. At least it has for the past 10 years because I constantly (gently) push myself to try new things and cook more at home.

Speaking of, I’ve been keeping my meals simple too. Tonight we had pork chops, broccoli and mashed potatoes. Yesterday was salmon, peas and rice. My approach is protein, veggie, carb. Simple. Simple. Simple!

So here’s to simple! *clink*

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(I’ve been keeping a simple jug of water in the fridge with lemon to help drink more water. I’ve been slacking in the hydration department lately — see? Simple!)



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Discussion

There are 9 comments so far.

    Brenna

    March 10, 2016

    I love this post! I find less really is more and when I whittle down my “stuff” I’m able to spend more time on the things that are most important to me.

    Janelle

    March 10, 2016

    Yep. Whole30 is great, but I found myself obsessing about food the whole time I did it. Nothing seemed simple, and maybe that was all in my head, but I worried about what to cook, if I had the right stuff to make what I wanted to cook, would everyone like it… It was kind of driving me crazy after a while and I was glad when I was able to relax a bit.

    Rene

    March 10, 2016

    Clutter is my problem too. I get so depressed looking at the mess but you have inspired me to try and get a handle on ours as well. We are busy like you so I know how hard it is to find the time. Thanks for the post.

    Tiffany

    March 10, 2016

    Wow, Roni…you’re bathroom looks amazing! I can imagine how awesome it must feel to walk into that every morning. I am inspired, I think I will tackle my bathroom this weekend as well!

    Denise

    March 10, 2016

    I love this post. I am working on getting rid of our clutter too, and like you I am married to a horder. I also had to mention that I love the fact that your fridge contains a huge jug of water but also lots of of beer in the background! It’s all about balance!

    naturalred

    March 10, 2016

    I am totally with you…..everything has it’s place and it’s place is where it should be when your done with it.

    Simple……..Love It!

    Angie M. Taylor

    March 10, 2016

    Hi Roni,

    My name is Angie. Your blog is an inspiration to those wanting to lose weight and live a positive life. I have been reading it for a few months now.

    I have lost over 60 pounds and kept the weight off for five years now.

    Keep up the great work and keep blogging!

    Angie,

    https://angiedish.com

    Christina Paul

    March 11, 2016

    I am in the process of doing the same thing! We just finished a reno & if we can live with 2 coffee cups for 8 weeks why do I need to keep 25!! By the way I am so jealous of the Lego people collection :)

    Staci

    March 11, 2016

    I am also a de-clutter person, while hubby is a pack rat. It can get frustrating! And even though it’s NOT the kids’ fault, there is definitely more clutter around here with the kids. Some of it is that kids come with so much stuff!!! Even just clothes and shoes x4 kids adds up! Some of it is that I just don’t have the time (or energy) to always make sure everyone puts their stuff where it goes. So it piles up. Then I get irritable. Lol I think I’m just going to come over and live in your clean bathroom for a while. Ha Anyway, I was actually commenting to say I love the jug of lemon water idea. I keep buying lemons with intentions of drinking a glass of lemon water in the mornings because I’ve always read of its benefits. But I never take the time to slice or juice a lemon in the mornings, so the lemons usually go to waste. :-/ I think I’ll have to try the jug of lemon water!