One of my on-going goals is to simplify my life as much as I can and live by the less is more rule. Long-time readers know that I'm all about simple pleasures and little things in life. Since for most of us this new season means spring cleaning or rejuvenation, I thought I'd share some of Drea's tips and add a few of my own.
So here it is:
- Choose quality over quantity when it comes to furniture, food, clothes. Furniture and clothes that are better quality will last you much longer while great quality food will nourish you in ways that fast food can’t.
- Don’t buy disposable products as reusable cloths, tea towels or ceramic cups last longer, they're prettier, they save you money and they're part of those little moments you share with your family.
- My new revelation lately: make stuff instead of buying everything. It applies to home remedies, cosmetics, meals. Making food from scratch and fresh ingredients always ends up being cheaper, healthier and more satisfying while processed food is always more expensive as you not only pay for the product itself, but also for the packaging and the advertisement. Also, by making things from scratch, you learn not to rush, you make better choices and end up buying less while doing more things together as a family - like cooking, setting the table, playing board games, gardening, drinking the lemonade you made yourself. It’s all about enjoying the process and being present in the moment.
- Love your home by caring for it, making it comfortable, memorable. Plus, spring clean it regularly from things you don’t use like clothes, furniture or bits and bobs. Keeping the environment clutter free will make you feel more at ease as a person.
- Don’t rush through your days, months, years. Enjoy the now and live more in the moment. Don’t save that expensive bottle of wine for an occasion 2 months from now, enjoy it now by creating an evening that will become your new memorable occasion.
- Breath. It sounds simple but we don't do it enough...
- Things like walks, bike rides, park picnics with cheese and baguettes or a simple evening with wine on the balcony might be not the most extravagant thing in your life, but those little moments are the ones you will probably remember most when you are older. The way it made you feel, the smell of the fresh spring breeze or the way your husband smiled at you. That is priceless and simple.
“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.” ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden
Are you planning to do spring cleaning? Thoughts? Would you add anything to the list? xo
P.S: 'Me time' fix.
P.P.S: And speaking of spring...
(Photos via/by Haleigh Walsworth, Design Darling, Kaupo, Sea Chant and Beth)