A Simple Approach to Living With Less

How to Simplify a Not So Simple Life

“Pick two things and do them well.” Those wise words are from my mother. She always taught me when life feels out of control to pick just a couple things to focus on.

Some days those two things might be dinner and laundry.

Some days it might mean cleaning the bedroom and helping with schoolwork.

Other days is just means keeping the kids from killing each other and trying not to lose my mind.

Just focus on two things today. Do them well and be proud of yourself. That little boost of self-confidence will give you strength to come back and battle another day of dinner, laundry, tantrums, and mess.

A Not So Simple Life

Let’s face it. Life isn’t simple. At least not for most people. I know it doesn’t usually feel simple for me.

It’s hard to believe that today marks the one year anniversary for this blog. I’ve been writing about simplicity, priorities, and minimalism all that time and yet I still have days when I feel like my life is anything but simple.

But I keep trying.

I keep decluttering.

I keep prioritizing.

I keep working towards the goals and ideals I’ve set.

Some times I reach those goals and it feels great. And that’s what keeps me coming back for more.

I know that the kids’ rooms won’t stay picked up.

I know that I’m living in a household of non-minimalists.

I know that life gets busy even when I don’t want it to.

But it’s those times when the house is calm, quiet, clean, and clutter free that it feels AWESOME!

That’s what keeps me going.

A Blog Birthday Thank You

I want to thank you for reading my blog. Any time I’ve wondered about whether to keep the blog open and keep writing, it’s the encouragement and interaction from you that keeps me coming back. I truly appreciate you.

As a blog birthday gift back to you, I’m putting both my book packages for Family-Sized Minimalism on sale for the next 72 hours. If you use the coupon code: BDAY during checkout, you’ll get 50% off the price of either package.

If you have a moment, I’d love to hear from you in the comments today. Please let me know how I can help you.

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Article originally published on 09/08/2011

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  1. I love your “Pick two things and do them well.” quote in the context of the day to day! Glad you are here to share!

  2. Happy Blog Birthday!

    I’ve only recently started reading your blog, but love it. Although I don’t have a family, your wisdom and insights apply to anyone.

    Thank you!

  3. Faith,

    I love how easily I can relate to your blog. I am a mom of three, who works two paying jobs, from home. My husband and I started our minimalist journey less than a year ago, and I felt like a failure from the beginning because I would get so overwhelmed just looking at what we had accumulated. When I found your blog, I felt so relieved. I feel like I found someone who can understand that having kids and trying to be a minimalist can mean two steps forward and one step back.

    I know you’ve gone through some back-and-forth about the blog, but I love reading your work. I think you’re doing a fabulous job!

  4. Faith,

    You definitely are a great writer and bless so many–especially me! Your insights and wisdom speak to a multitude of people in different walks of life and help to bring sanity to the chaos many experience in their day-to-day living. You have helped many to see that while minimalism is the goal, it is a journey filled with “ups and downs.” You are truly gifted!

    Happy birthday to your blog (and you) and may God continue to give you direction and peace in your journey to discover how to use the gifts He has given you.

    You bless my life tremendously (and thanks for the plug!)

    With much love,


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