5 Keep it Simple Ideas
I don’t know about you, but I tend to over-complicate things.
I have so many ideas in my mind that just are not reality. When it comes to my thoughts and my home I’m learning more and more it’s a good idea to just keep it simple. In my business, I teach people all the time that it should be so simple that a 3rd grader could understand it. And although I understand this concept I still so often end up putting in too many thoughts and making things WAY more complicated than they need to be.
The other day I was in the process of writing up some content for one of my FaceBook group pages. I wanted to choose a graphic to coordinate with what I had in mind for the post. I started scrolling through my past photo files for the perfect image. A while later I got frustrated, I was not finding what I wanted so being the problem solver that I am, I started setting up a scene in my home to take the perfect photo myself. I started setting a backdrop, finding some sort of plant or greenery to make it feel cozy, moving out any and all messes from sight. (heaven forbid it actually looks like we live here 😂) Instagram flat lay photography master, here I come! An hour later, now I’m ready, and I gear up my iPhone for the perfect photo. Uh-oh, I better check into the best settings for my phone in this light. An hour and 3 sales pages later I still didn’t have my perfect image. Oh and almost signed up for a 6-week online photography class.
STOP, my brain yelled. You don’t want to be a photographer, you never did!
With a huff, I hop onto Unsplash as a last resort, check out their free stock photos, type in one word and in 2 seconds I had exactly the image I was looking for. (Enter face palm here)
Why couldn’t I have just recognized my strengths and weaknesses and start there? See I LOVE creation. I also love feeling like I can do all the things all the time. (Ego much?) Of course, that’s completely unrealistic. My gifts are different from other people's gifts. And while I can design a beautiful graphic, make my 3 day old, dry shampooed hair look like I just stepped out of the salon and make a party for 20 happen in under a week, photography and many other things just are not in my personal gifting.
And that’s OK!
Here are a few things I’m learning about keeping it simple that may help you too:
Keep it Clean People
I’ve never considered myself a good housekeeper. I feel mediocre at the chores at best. A dear childhood friend of mine would adamantly disagree with that. As a young girl, I remember going to her house and helping her clean up her room, reorganize her shoes and wade through her messes. It was fun for me… although I’m not sure why. As teenagers, I’d clean out her wallet for her. It just bugged me to see all the messes of receipts everywhere. I guess I liked to declutter more than I cared to admit and when it wasn’t my mess it was a little easier to stay unattached to things.
As an adult, I find myself somewhere in the middle. I still love and appreciate order and the peace that cleaning up and decluttering brings. And yet somehow those piles of junk still appear in my home, my closets and my computer photo files (oh Lordy PLEASE don’t look in there!) despite my best efforts of keeping them away. I do still love the feeling of having everything in its place, even if it doesn’t stay there long term. One of my life mottos is, "make everything around you beautiful". This served me well throughout my years as a hairdresser, making sure my clients both looked and felt beautiful before they left my chair every 4-6 weeks. Now I love making beautiful graphics and designs and creative content for my team and my Facebook groups for my home business.
Several years ago when I was a stay at home mom when my kids were little I fell in love with the FlyLady system of housekeeping. I loved that I could check things off a list. Even if they were just a habit that I already did daily without thinking much about it, like thawing out meat for dinner or wiping down the counters after brushing my teeth. These seemingly meaningless things helped me to see that not only did I have more order to my day than I initially thought, but that even the mundane parts of life could be beautiful. I loved her focus on self-care and that you can do ANYTHING for 15 min. Most importantly it was time to finally love myself. Oh, how I wish I would have understood this last part then! Now 13 years later, I finally REALLY get it, but that’s another topic for another post! Doing 1 task a day for 15 min. has not only helped me to keep up on #allthepiles that, let's face it, happen to the best of us but also to keep my home clean and company ready. It took my home from overwhelm to a place of calm.
As I have become a naturally minded mama in the past 5 years, I have embraced the same thoughts and mindsets that I loved all those years ago, but without the harsh chemicals that the original book recommended. I love being able to clean without coughing and that it’s safe for my tiny dog Maggie. Using plant-based cleaning products, baking soda, vinegar, good old water you truly can have a very inexpensive and very good cleaning system that will work for any size home. Even if your home is borderline hoarder status, you can jump in and do what you can for 15 min. a day and I promise you can make a dent in it!
If cleaning and staying on top of household tasks is something you struggle with, I’m here to help. The system is super simple and we are developing an encouraging group of mamas that are all in this together!
Finally loving yourself means letting go of comparison and judgment and giving yourself the space to feel like you can do just a little each day, even if it’s imperfect and still bless your family.
And that my friends is beautiful.
Giggles & Glitter,
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