How are you? What’s new in your world? My boys are currently napping. I just ate an amazing rice krispy treat from the tray I made this morning. The recipe is from The Kind Diet and they are made with brown rice krispies, brown rice syrup, almond butter and chocolate chips, and they are spectacular. Needless to say I’ll be eating them all week. I have the book The Simplified Life by my side as I type this as I’ve been diving in deep with that book lately. It really has changed my world. Well, I shouldn’t give the book all the credit. It has inspired me to change my world. The key word being: decluttering. That’s how I’ve been spending a lot of the moments when my boys are napping. I don’t mean cleaning though, I mean clearing out. I filled roughly five bags of clothes/shoes that were just taking up space. If the items weren’t my favorite or I hadn’t worn it in 2 years or I didn’t actually even like it all that much, it went to the donation bag. And it feels sooo good. It’s amazing what a little space will do for you.
One day during nap I emptied everything out of a kitchen drawer. It was filled with spatulas, wooden spoons, utensils I don’t even know what they were used for, measuring spoons, broken measuring spoons, so much other stuff. I only kept the items we actually use, like at least once/week. That was a beautiful thing.
Now I am not one to care about toys everywhere… I’ve got two toddler boys so that is inevitable, but I don’t want unnecessary stuff around…anymore. I just want happy space, so that has been my mission as we dive into the new year. Next stop is the front closet with coats, cookbooks, lots of other stuff that I don’t even know what exists in there anymore. I want to know what’s in my home and not just fill space for the heck of it. It’s been really freeing for my mind. I guess what I felt like was too much clutter was stressing me out on a level I didn’t really realize. Anyways, just thought I’d share because I’m sure other people can relate to how it feels to declutter. Or how it feels to really want to clear the space.
Another thing I did was purchase a planner. I follow Emily Ley on Instagram, so you’ll notice that the book and planner are both by her. She’s a mom of young kids and I stumbled on her feed one day and decided today’s the day to make a change. I haven’t had a planner ever. I used a big calendar in college and I suppose I do use my phone calendar and outlook calendar at work, but this is a pretty planner. I write in it every single day with the things I need to or want to accomplish, set intentions, meal plan… and it’s fun! I’ve never been crazy organized or a neat freak, but organizing the thoughts in my mind is super liberating. I’ve heard the expression “mind dump” and that’s what I feel like this planner is for. I don’t have to keep it all floating in my head space, because the planner is taking care of that.
So what does this all create space for? More quality time with my family. When my brain isn’t balancing a million things and my house doesn’t overwhelm me, then I can actually just be. Like sit and read a million books with Sage and hold Emerson in my arms all day (because we’re in that stage) and that’s perfectly ok. In fact, I wouldn’t want it any other way. The whole points of clearing space is so my heart is free to just be with my family and focus on them. That’s honestly the greatest part of this.
Maybe you can relate. Maybe not. I hope you are well though! I recently was reading old blog posts and so grateful I had written them because it’s wonderful to look back at. I was just reading this post which showcases the early weeks as a mom of two. Life seems to be flying by so, although it’s super cliché to say, I just want to just want to enjoy the ride, and be present for it.
I’m finishing this post as my husband has just gone in to see Emerson for the second time during naptime. Not a good nap day. I’m thinking there will be lots of cuddling tonight…
Are you good at decluttering?