So I’ve shared a few creative posts of Project Life spreads but I’ve not yet shared anything about the other side of this blog which is about creating a simpler life. I’m by no means an expert but I’ve been simplifying things over the last few years and have seen some real benefits.
For me simplifying started in two areas of my life. First when I started crafting more regularly I wanted a proper desk to work on and not a tray on my lap (seriously that was what I was doing before but that wasn’t going to work with 12x12 Project Life spreads!). To get the room for a second desk in our study my husband & I needed to have a clear out. So started my on-going purge of the clutter in our lives. The second was following me losing some weight and needing to buy new clothes. I wanted to find my own style and I wanted clothes that mixed & matched to get the maximum value for money. This led me to looking into capsule wardrobes and from there I found some great simplicity blogs.
For me simplicity isn’t about minimalism or doing without. Instead it’s about focusing on what matters to me and not letting the things that don’t matter clutter up my life. The quote on the image above sums it up perfectly (image by Courtney Carver/bemorewithless.com).
I’ll share more on what I’ve simplified in my life and how this relates to what I create in the future. But for now if you’re interested in learning more about simplicity here are links to my favourite three simplicity blogs:
Be More with Less
I love that Courtney is realistic about simplifying your life and explaining that it’s not all or nothing. She encourages small steps which build up to bigger results. Follow her blog, Instagram or Facebook if you need regular doses of inspiration to help you simplify. Courtney also offers various courses and books including the blogging microcourse I used when setting up my blog.
Ironically for someone whose 6’2” I’ve always been drawn to smaller living spaces! Tammy was living in a tiny house which intrigued me and led to me follow her blog to hear more. I don’t think I’ll ever live somewhere that small but it does pose interesting questions about how big a living space do we really need. As well as writing about living simply Tammy also shares posts on journaling and photography.
The Nife en l'Air
I started following Kali when I was looking into changing my wardrobe and trying to discover what my style was. She has written some great posts on how she discovered her own style and writes follows-up on how things have changed. She also writes in-depth about decisions relating to living a simpler life and our choices as consumers. She has influenced me to think more about my own purchases and now ask myself if I really need an item before buying it. My bank balance is very grateful to her!