Monday, October 13, 2014

On Living Simply

The days warm more slowly and the sun hides it's face earlier and earlier each day.
The return to our smallish and cozy house from a summer outside always causes me to want to clean and organize, purge what isn't needed, and streamline the stuff accumulated over many a month.

Over the years as our family has grown, and our little house has hugged us all a bit more closely, the return to simplicity has been one of necessity and great comfort in our lives.

Simplicity is fulfilling.
It is about living intentionally and with purpose.
It is about living with the things that you truly love and care about, and having a grateful heart that it is all enough.

Simplicity just oozes with contentment.
It really is a peaceful place to be...where your family, your routine, your home reflect your values.

So, we set out to enjoy all of these Indian Summer days while they last; setting out to conquer many a task that needs attention before the first snowfall.

And inside?
 I am paring down for a snug winter.
Looking for only those things that are truly necessary.
Purging and making room to breathe so that our home is more calm.
Getting down to the nitty-gritty of what is needed and what is not.

How about you?

Does Autumn just beckon a good and thorough cleaning and make life a little more simple?

Wishing you all a happy Autumn day.
Enjoy it!



Ngo Family Farm said...

Yes, yes! Doing much the same here when I can, letting go of what doesn't feel necessary to make space for what is truly important. Your home always looks so invitingly warm and peaceful.

Kaitlin@Homemaker Design said...

It certainly does!! My husband and I have been purging, cleaning and organizing a lot lately! It feels so good to simplify!! It's so freeing!
Beautiful photos, like a breath of fresh air!! ;) :)

Anonymous said...

I so enjoy reading your blog. Last week the cleaning started here in Ohio. All our children have moved out with families of their own and the house seems quite large with just us two. I remember those bulging house days. Enjoy this season!!

Megan @ Restoring the Roost said...

I am going through this as well- I am always purging and simplifying it seems but lately I have wanted to do a MAJOR revision. It definitely helps keep things calmer and more manageable--just hard for me right now to find the time with twins that are almost a year old!!

Carol Blanchet said...

Hi Julia,
I love, love, love your comment about living with the things you truly love and having a grateful heart that it is enough. :-)

The pumpkin bread looks so good, would you please share the recipe? And my daughter wants to know what you are crocheting.

Wishing you well.

Julia said...

Hi Carol!

One of these lovely days we need to meet in person! I will definitely be sharing the pumpkin bread recipe...and the crocheting? Well, it is a Christmas present for someone. It will be a blanket modeled after one I saw in Pottery Barn with pom-poms on the ends. How cute is that? Hope you are having a wonderful Autumn!


Unknown said...

I just LOVE this post! I couldn't agree more with living simply. I started a few weeks ago donating things I just do not need or want to have taking up space. A simple way of living is so calming and so are your posts. Love the picture looking out into the yard & the cute table with pumpkins. Happy fall Julia

harknessangels said...

Oh, how you have explained exactly what is happening in my life right now! Love, love, love your pictures!

aimee said...

This is one of my goals this autumn! Great post:)
Blessings, Aimee

Anonymous said...

We are striving for the same at my own home. Not really with stuff, but with moments. DO not want to live my life like it is in a hurry. SImple, with love sprinkled everywhere.

Debra Howard said...

Yes, living in each moment and experiencing it to the full is so very important. Great post.

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