Less is More
My last post I was begging the journey of simplifying our lives and bringing order and peace back into our home.
This has been a very enlightening experience for me and I have learned a few things about life during this process.
In the back of my mind I thought by keeping all of my loved ones things, that I was able to keep pieces of them.
In a way that’s true, but it’s a burden when you save everything that was theirs. Now I realize they didn’t expect me to hang on to everything, or anything, because things don’t matter only life matters and if it doesn’t bring you peace or comfort or joy then let it go. I was afraid it would mean I didn’t love them if I didn’t keep everything.
When I realized this, I knew how silly this sounded.
It’s been a few weeks now and the garage has been cleaned out, I’m pleased to say we are finally getting a washer/dryer installed! No more trips to the washateria!
The house is really clean now, I got rid of so much stuff and I really didn’t have to hard a time giving up stuff.
Now that the majority of things are gone from our past, we feel so much lighter, my husband is happier, and I can tell he’s not so burdened. We invested in a roomba vacuum cleaner, our dog, Bruce, thinks it’s his new home toy companion! It’s hilarious to watch, in fact I have to put him outside when it’s on or he won’t allow it to do its job!
I found the more stuff I get rid of, the more stuff I find I really don’t need and I want to get rid of more.
The “Less is More” equation. If I keep this up, soon my house will be bare haha! Just kidding!
Anyway, I hope this helps anyone who has struggled with clutter or hording .
Believe me, you really do feel a relief from the chaos and less anxiety also I’m not ashamed or self conscious about anyone stopping by anymore!
I still have some minor things left but they are being finished now.
Im able to concentrate on my arts and crafts now and I’ve got some
scathingly brilliant ideas!
Ta Ta for Now!
It’s been a challenge
However, one task on my bucket list is finally coming to a close.
It has been a very long and difficult journey for myself, but I hired a company to come in and declutter my home and garage and also deep clean afterwards. Let me explain how we got here.
My husband’s parents both died within two years of each other and his brother died soon after that. We inherited everything. A few years later my mother and grandmothers died. My sisters took a few things they wanted, but left me with the rest. My husband and I were still in our twenties, we didn’t know what to do and we had a hard time letting goof our loved ones.
So here we are in the present, and we still had most of their things. No room for what we like, or enjoy.
I was able to let go with their help so much junk, and focus on what really makes me happy. The great thing about this is that it also helped my marriage. My husband doesn’t feel this huge pressure of how to handle and deal with all the stuff! So now when he comes home he’s happy, he’s able to relax and just enjoy being. I’m able to keep up with the cleaning now and it just feels so much happier overall.
Heres the thing though, now I’m seeing more things I need to get rid of!
My house is tiny 900sqft. We moved from a 1500sqft house to here.
Wall to wall furniture is not pretty even if it is antique.
So the garage is the last to go but I imagine most will.
This has been the best money spent on ourselves in a while.
If you have the same kind of problems we have had letting go of things, please
understand that things are meaningless. Loved ones and the time you have together now, that’s what’s important because we aren’t guaranteed anything in this life except death. Cherish those precious moments together.
The challenges of life
Right now my own personal challenges are to de clutter my tiny little house so that I can focus more on my art and work instead of worrying about what needs to be accomplished before I get to my art work. What hinders me now isn’t mental issues on letting go of things, now I’m ready to let go, but physically I’m not able to move about anymore. The challenges I faced when I was young were about handling the lives of sweet little ones, but that came easy as time moved forward.
Now after kids and dogs and horses, my body has decided to stiffen up and shut down on me. Pain is a constant reminder of my rough and tumble cowboy days, but I don’t regret them. It just gives me fond memories of all I went through to get here. I went through a lot.
I used to think I couldn’t handle having more than one child at a time.
Then I had two!
I used to think I couldn’t handle more than two children at a time, God laughed and gave me another so I had three.
Then I thought Lord I couldn’t handle anymore children!
In Gods infinite humor and wisdom he smiled and gave me one more, number four!
Four sons all in a row, all good boys how I love them so!
If only God had seen fit to give me a horse before he gave me children, maybe I would’ve been a better mother. Everything I ever learned about being a better mother, I learned from my horses. If more people took lessons from horses, I guarantee there would be much more harmony in the world!
Our beginning was tough, life wasn’t easy, but lessons learned.
Another Innocence Lost
High school football game in hometown Oklahoma, USA.
Small town Friday night, everybody looks forward to the excitement, the camaraderie, the band and the scores!
There’s always something for everyone at the games to enjoy, not to mention the small town rivalries that go on.
The rivalries usually don’t amount to much, just some fun roughness is all.
Tonight took a different turn for the worst however. Tonight’s game was in the third quarter when all of a sudden a gun shot rang out! People looked around in shock then several shots rang out one after another, “Bang, Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang!!!”
The announcer in a calm voice telling everyone to get down low, and try to get out of there. He did an amazing job staying calm and advising the crowd what to do in that stressful situation. Players ran off the field, students hid down in the bleachers, teachers pulled student’s into safety rooms and coaches made sure everyone was accounted for.
Soon terrified parents were clogging the parking lot looking for their children fearing the worst while children were watching for their parents fearing they would never be allowed to go out again just because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time and they didn’t have anything to do with the whole situation.
Yes folks, this is another example of the American innocence of life in small town America lost.
Just one more example of why we can’t leave our doors unlocked, why we can’t go into certain neighborhoods, why we don’t want to live in certain neighborhoods and why it’s not safe to walk in certain areas after dark.
America didn’t used to be this way. We used to be a lot like the show “Mayberry” with Andy Griffin and Don Knotts. Yes, life in America used to be very good. But slowly something evil has been happening and taking away all the goodness we all enjoyed away.
Tonight was just one more example of
From one who made your mistake….
Carry a knife at all times and don’t be afraid to use it when he tries to put his nasty hands on you! You are more precious than a cheap fling with a guy who just wants what he can’t have and doesn’t really respect you. Don’t stoop to his level.
Finish high school and go to College, otherwise you’ll depend on a man the rest of your life and wind up poor and miserable! Men don’t want traditional relationships anymore.
Save money and put it into gold and platinum and don’t fall for Bitcoin’s nonsense! Buy a nice piece of land and be self sufficient. Raise bison, a garden and use solar energy and a windmill.
Build your house like a hobit house, into the side of a hill line the inside in concrete and limestone and use a woodburning fireplace for heat. A cast iron stove for cookin.
Grow healing herbs along with your kitchen herbs, many people forgot about them by now but you will need them.
It’s coming soon and you can’t stop it you can only make ready the way child.
I’m sorry I can’t help you.
All the words of wisdom have been written.
No one wants to hear them anymore.
Chaos has been unleashed and
stupidity are the rule now.
Ignorance and blindness are the leaders
of what once was a great nation.
Humanity is too busy to care about the elderly and innocent of the world.
Where have all the great ones who loved their people enough gone?
To Hell that’s where.
Believers its over. Hell is here and no one lifts a finger to fight against it.
Your children are slaves to the Beast because you allowed it.
No one stands up for what’s right anymore, they all back up and say everything is ok. As long as no one is offended then it’s ok.
I can’t be a straight white older woman with disabilities and disagree with today’s agenda because that may offend some one else. Well what if I’m offended by the nonsense that’s being allowed to go on?
I have Black and Native American heritage but look at me and I am white skinned and redhead because I’m also Scottish.
I raised 4 sons and two of them are gay. I didn’t raise them to be anything other than kind and simple human being. I love them all.
Im finished here. I’m no longer needed or wanted.
The Darkness has Won!
So I in my infinite wisdom decided that my service dog, a Great Dane Karma, needed a buddy to play with.
i came to this conclusion because she always wants to play with the neighbors dogs through the fence.
So online was someone who found a starving puppy, but couldn’t keep him because she had an apartment.
His little face just made me melt!
Now I have fostered rescues before both horses and dogs so I think this will be the same.
His name is Bruce. He is a 7 month old male American bulldog, think Chance on ”Homeward Bound “ with Micheal J. Fox‘s voice.
Bruce is almost that dog in every way possible.
Karma’s personality is more like Sassy the cat. She is constantly complaining about her new brother picking on her and how he won’t leave her or her stuff alone! For that matter, he won’t leave anything alone! If I am sweeping the floor he attacks the broom. He finds things that have been lost for a while, things like socks under the bed, a bra I thought got thrown away, and no matter how much I work at keeping things tidy, he manages to find an old peanut butter lid to chew up!
Honestly though, this little guy has brought so much joy into my life I wouldn’t trade him for anything!
Bruce will get his kong and play for hours. He loves to learn new tricks and he’s smart. I’m patient with him because he is just a puppy after all, we all go through the teething stage, and toddle/adolescent stage in our lives.
In time I know he will be a great adult dog, but, will he live that long if he keeps chewing things up? Lol!