We have a lot planned for this year – the main events being two (count them – one, two) moves. Instead of spending all my time on Pinterest trying to virtually decorate my new home, or finding a dozen new complicated recipes, or even planning an elaborate first birthday party for Stephen, I’m stepping back and leaning into our word for the year. SIMPLE.
In order to streamline the build of our new place, we made a small list of our priorities for our new home’s interior options and will stick with the basic included options for nearly everything else. I might love a fireplace, built-in media center, tile accents in the master bath and an innumerable list of other upgrades, but is it really worth the added cost? We try to see the opportunity costs involved – in order to get these upgrades, what are we giving up? Less family time due to more time in the office to pay the bills, or maybe a longer time frame to get out of debt using Dave Ramsey’s Baby Steps? I’m trying to learn to be content with what we have – thank God for all our many blessings and remember that things don’t bring happiness or contentment.
When it comes to homemaking, instead of spending an hour or so once a week trying to think up a meal plan and grocery list, I’m trying my hand at creating a 2-week meal plan that can be rotated through twice a month. It might seem boring at first, but all it means is that we’ll be having our favorite meals twice a month. Plus, I’ll be saving loads of time not having to think up a new meal plan each week. Why reinvent the wheel? It might take some up-front work, but keeping on a schedule takes away all the stress that comes from not knowing what’s for dinner when the hubby rolls in the door at 5pm.
As far as Stephen’s first birthday, we’ve decided to forgo a fancy party and just bake him a simple cake at home – just the three of us and his grandma who will be spending that week with us. A big party wouldn’t really be for him anyways, so why stress ourselves out with it? I once read that to simplify a child’s birthday, the party should correspond with his or her age. Turning one? Have one special friend over. Turning five? Maybe the cousins and one or two friends from the neighborhood. We also try to keep the gift-giving simple. One toy from Mommy & Daddy, followed up by an overhaul of his current playthings. We plan to either donate or pack away things he’s outgrown, and rotate the remaining toys so he can focus his attention on just a few special items at a time.
Now it’s your turn. What were your resolutions for 2014? Did you make specific resolutions, or choose a word like we did? In what ways do you try to live simply at home?