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Do Simple Living on Your Own Terms

The following post is from Daniele of Domestic Serenity:

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I’m all over the idea of simple and intentional living.

There’s something incredibly satisfying about reducing what’s kept in our home, or focusing my priorities on the most important, not the most urgent.

But our culture offers zillions of options and choices, so practicing simplicity can be downright complicated and not feel very simple at all!

That’s a clue to back up and do intentional living on your own terms, not driven by current trends. Here’s what I’m learning to apply…

Focus on output, not input.

We certainly don’t lack for information on how to declutter, simplify, or live intentionally. Honestly, I get a kick out of seeing how others manage their homes. Most of the time, Googling info or exploring Pinterest doesn’t leave me overwhelmed. I like information.

Until I don’t. Then I feel scatter-brained!

We have to know our threshold for collecting more lists, more to-dos, and more tips! Maybe you simply need a serious break from all that, and to focus on what you’d like to do now. Then when you’re ready for another project, Google will be waiting.

Take time for changes.

In essence, don’t try to overhaul home, family and life all at once. That’s a setup for major failure and disappointment.

Start with whatever bugs you most – an area of the house or a personal habit perhaps? While giving yourself permission to take it slowly, tackle what needs done.

Say NO to the ‘Joneses’.

It’s a trap as old as the hills, but unfortunately it still works! Comparing ourselves to another family or Mom is a sure way to sabotage our efforts.

Community support is vital to our success, but managing this well is key. Celebrate what others are doing, learn from them, and grow while they cheer you on. But, remember not to compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.

Pat yourself on the back.

Right long with saying no to comparison is celebrating where you are and how far you’ve come!

Have you made successful changes in health habits, menu planning or how you manage the paper trail from your kiddos’ school? By all means, make some noise! Don’t wait until everything’s perfect — pat yourself on the back for what you’ve already done.

Be grateful.

If there was one trait to highlight as critical for intentional living, I’d choose gratefulness.

You see, we could have the house immaculate, a place for everything and everything in its place, and know exactly where to locate important papers in an emergency. I appreciate so much being organized and the sense of serenity this brings to my life.

But, if I’m constantly complaining about what I don’t have, how I could do better, how life is just unfair — whoa! What good is that? Practicing an attitude of gratitude will fuel our energy in the right direction.

I believe it makes all the difference.

Try not to get too overwhelmed with it all, and just practice taking the next step!

What does simple living look like for your family?

Daniele is a homeschooling Mama of five kiddos, a reader of books, and a lover of herbal tea. Passionate about her faith, home and family, she blogs about the intentional lifestyle over at Domestic Serenity.