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Monday Minute: The freedom of less

August 31, 2015

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500sq feet of wonderful simplicity. With half a wall dividing the bedroom from the living room/dining/kitchen/entrance, it left me with, ultimately, two rooms to clean. It. Was. Sweet.

This is how we enjoyed our first four months of marriage. We think back of it often, or I do, being the nostalgic one who considers nostalgia to be something that happened a year ago. 😉 But the simplicity of how we got to start our marriage while we waited for our house to be built is something I will always be grateful for.

We lived in a small suite above a garage that belonged to the most wonderful six-member family. Living out in the country, I took Pippa for frequent walks, enjoying the smells of fall. We could literally clean the suite in less than 30 minutes. I didn’t ‘have to’ decorate. Aside from a couple candles, and of course flowers, décor and personal touches were minimal. My homemaking tasks were simple, and left time for other things like, well, time. We had more time for enjoying each other and less distraction of ‘stuff’, and I cannot tell you how grateful I am for that season. Now, with much more square footage to decorate and clean (don’t get me wrong, I am oh SO thankful for our home!!), it gives perspective on how much time we take just to manage…stuff!

Even now in our home, I will frequently find myself putting things away, cleaning, organizing, managing. I wonder how much time I’d save if I did that ONCE a day. It makes me think.

Sometimes, there is a sweetness in having less. Owning less. Managing less. Even being less busy. It’s so hard to avoid the trap of ‘more’ in our society. Have more. Do more. Be more. Participate in more. I KNOW! But… I am going to hide that little 500sq ft suite in my heart, always, and bring it to mind when I need to recall how freeing ‘less’ can be. And how anything can be made homy, no matter what the square footage is. A treasure from the Lord, that was.

How about you? Do you manage your stuff all week in an insane silly way like I do sometimes? Is there some way you could find simplicity so that you have time for things that God might want you to focus on more?

Have a happy week!


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  • Mark August 31, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    Great post. Check out becoming minimalist sometime when you get a chance. It aligns with your thoughts here…

    • Lani August 31, 2015 at 10:11 AM

      Thanks Mark! I follow that page on FB and read their posts from time to time!

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