Simplify … that’s a word that has a nice ring to it. The older I get, the more it seems I want to make life more simplistic. Of course, having 3 children really puts a damper on that. Running here and there, picking up and dropping off, volunteering, etc., I tend to keep a lot of “just in case” things around even if I might not look at it for 3 years.
However — and this is a generalization — as we get older, kids move out and desires and abilities change, I think many people find themselves looking for ways to simplify their lives and make it easier; ways they can maximize satisfaction and minimize “stuff”.
Yep, there it is … the “S” word. The word that clutters our lives and so often makes us feel like we have achieved something just by having it. But in this case, I use it not just in the material goods definition but also to include the to-do’s, obligations and even our thoughts that seemed to be so jumbled in our heads nowadays. Just stuff. They make living simply tough; really tough.
As my husband and I get older (47 and 41, respectively) and we really start thinking about the future (yes, already) and our own desires to age in place for as long as possible, we begin planning and working our way towards something many people don’t think about: a simplified life.
Committing to simplify
Whether it’s organizing your home and clutter, finding short cuts to make life easier particularly as abilities change, preparing for retirement or some ideas to help let go of those “special” holidays cards that once meant so much to you, make Simplify your new home for making the most out of retirement and not worrying about the small stuff that, when disorganized, creates chaos in your mind and spirit.
Come with me as I also try to simplify my life and prepare for our next stage of life. It’s never too soon … and it’s never too late!
Everyone is welcome, and I hope to hear about and see your great ideas for making your retirement years as simple as possible.