Simplifying My Life at Home and Work

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Simplifying my day

Simplifying my life is something that I set out to do at the beginning of this year. It is easier said than done but I have several things that I do to accomplish this goal.

The first thing that I have done is to take care of myself first. It sounds so simple and yet many of us don’t do this on a regular basis. I am very committed to my husband, children, and job. As much as I would like to be able to give my all, I can’t do that unless I take care of myself first. Taking care of myself includes resting and relaxing after work and getting adequate sleep at night. I sleep anywhere from 8-9 hours a night. I find that it helps me think clearly and get through the next day without feeling fatigued.

Simplifying also means spending time by myself to recharge my batteries. As I mentioned before, I take time each day to do this. This includes doing something quiet without interruptions. It could include reading a book, watching a movie, journaling, or just sitting quietly. It took me some time to realize that this wasn’t me being lazy. I know that it’s best for me, and I carve out part of each day to make this happen.

 Simplifying my home

Throughout the course of the eleven years that we have been in our home, we have accumulated a lot of stuff. My husband and I blended our families and two, complete households full of items. I am also the family curator of all of the heirloom antiques that others didn’t want. I’ve made sure that the antiques are used daily and take a prominent place in our home. My decorating style is transitional, and I infuse the antiques with newer items to give our home a cozy and welcoming vibe.

Having said that, we own items that we don’t use on a regular basis. Some of the items will be given to my children as they will be moving out on their own soon. The others items are sold, given away or tossed in a yearly purge that I do in our home. This includes clothes, decorative items, books,  and whatever else we aren’t using anymore.

 Simplifying my classroom

The same purging that takes place at home also takes place in my classroom. I’ve had colleagues ask me if I’m retiring based on what I give away to others. I told them that if I leave the building with my podium (which my father and grandfather also used), and my label maker, they can be sure that I am retiring. I don’t like hanging onto things that I haven’t been using when they can get a new life somewhere else.

Purging unused items is one way that I keep things organized and simplify my life. It also helps to simplify my surroundings and give me the peace that I’m striving for.

Until next time,

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