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Simplify your life

by Karen on January 9, 2012

I’m a sucker for New Year’s resolutions. It’s not necessarily that I think there’s something magic about the first of the year, and I’ll suddenly be able to start over again. It’s just that the start of a new year is a logical time to think about these things, and the time when I’m most likely to feel motivated to make changes, so I try to take advantage of that motivation.

Over the weekend, I downloaded Tsh Oxenreider’s (founder of e-book, “One Bite at a Time: 52 Projects for Making Life Simpler.” I absolutely love the idea of tackling one project at a time throughout the year. I read the whole thing in about 24 hours (mostly in the wee morning hours when Judah was asleep), and when I finished, I felt motivated and ready to make a plan of action.

All of this thinking about what I want to change reminded me of what we’ve already accomplished in the realm of simplifying our lives. I felt really good after I listed all of the goals in the book that I’m interested in taking on, and I realized that we’ve already put a good chunk of them into practice — or our own versions of them anyway.

In the hopes of keeping myself motivated and perhaps motivating some of you to do the same, I’ve decided to write a series of posts on some of the things our family is already doing to keep things simple and organized. Beginning Wednesday, I’ll be posting a 5-part series on simplifying your life — Simplify your Household, Simplify your Menus, Simplify your Money, Simplify your Work/Home Life, and Simplify your Health.

I would love to hear from you if you about your family’s systems for organizing these areas of your life. You guys have been so quiet lately, but I really want to hear from you in the comments, so I hope you’re join in the discussion. I’m feeling motivated to make changes, and hearing your ideas will inspire me to do even more.

Here’s to a productive and simple 2012!

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