There are two ways to tame chaos. One is to increase structure: Build more shelving, create a more detailed schedule, install drawer dividers, create spreadsheets, and tame the chaos even as the beast multiplies. The other way to organize is to get rid of some of the chaos entirely. The link I’m sharing today focuses on the second method, for indeed the simplest way to tame chaos is to simplify.
On Coffee Tea Books and Me (what a charming blog name!), Brenda speaks about The Beauty of Forced Frugality. She’s mostly discussing financial frugality, but or even with our schedule we can become desensitized due to the overabundance that floods our lives.
It is good and right to enjoy the gifts God gives and delight in bounty, but when we gorge on abundance out of mere habit–no longer even enjoying the blessings–then it is time to refocus. Frugality can help us appreciate the little things in life. How might frugality help simplify your schedule–not just monetary frugality, but being frugal with activities and choosing only the very best and creating a backdrop of simple days to offset the thrill of more occasional outings? What about “stuff”? Do you really get pleasure from the bins of things stored in the garage, the attic or the basement? If not, consider scaling back.
The freedom of deliberate (or even enforced) simplicity can be a powerful, chaos taming force.
(This article was also posted in my Taming the Chaos column on the HomeschoolBlogger Front Porch)
~Domestic Chaos tamer and homeschool mom of 5, Dell writes about home, heart and hearth.~