Decluttering and Simplicity


Simplicity is a good thing. 



Today at school, simplicity was the name of the game.

  1. Get needed information to the students as quickly as possible.
  2. Work on needed skills.
  3. Practice multiple times to gain confidence.

Students and most adults have very short attention spans.  So it paramount to getting instructions out to the students as quickly as possible.  Though it is also necessary to realize although the instructions can be quick, in middle school students will still have a lot of questions. So patience is also in order.

As we marked today as one week until our concert, we needed to practice. The skills that were most in need were specific places of choreography within a piece and/or being able to sing while doing choreography.

Therefore, we practiced many times.  I even warned the students their “favorite word” was going to be AGAIN.

Today at home, simplicity also came in handy.  It came in the form of many volunteers showing up to help in the moving of large items to another location in preparation of the yard sale this weekend.

I knew I had a lot of stuff but boy did I really see it today!

This leads me to the next part of today’s rant, oh I mean blog:)


“Decluttering does not mean getting rid of everything you own, it merely means taking away that which you really don’t want / need or use anymore.

There are so many advantages to decluttering, that it’s a great way to give yourself and your home a boost every so often.”

This quote makes me smile. Why? Well, because I am decluttering in a way that will purge so much from my life.  And yet, I have seen it in its fullness so many times before.

I grew up being raised by my grandparents.  My grandmother purged, now called decluttering, often.  I remember when I was fourteen, just after my father had passed away finding myself as the only beneficiary.  Of course, my grandparents couldn’t take all of the furniture my father had.  We didn’t have the space.  Homes where I lived were smaller than many are today. I was asked to select a piece or two to bring back with me.

I remember wanting my father’s water-bed.  It was a king size bed with beautiful wooden slats in canopy that made one feel at peace and at home.  It bounced when I sat on it and when I laid down.  I already had a full-size bed at my grandparents home so I really didn’t need a bed.  However, I really wanted it.  I was effectively told no.  Not because they didn’t want me to have my father’s things but because my room simply couldn’t fit a king sized bed! Yet, I persisted.  Eventually, my grandmother sold the bed to someone else.  I don’t even know who.  Since this was no longer an option, although I pouted about it for quite a long time, I ended up choosing my father’s stereo and stereo cabinet.

You know, that cabinet has been with me since that day.  The stereo has long been gone but the cabinet remains.  It is sturdy and strong.  It is made of hardwood. It is simplistic in structure and design. It treasures things behind the glass doors that has value. It is everything that symbolizes who my father was.

Today, I began a serious process of decluttering my life and working towards simplicity.

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The picture at the beginning of today’s post is the bed I have started dismantling and will sell at the yard sale.  It is just one item of many that will be sold. But my father’s cabinet will remain with us.  It will continue to stand for someone who showed me that despite whatever obstacles or challenges I may face, I can be simplistic and treasure things I value.  I can be sturdy and strong just like that cabinet and my father.