Craving Simple

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Have you ever noticed how difficult it is to simplify? One would think it would be well, SIMPLE. I have come to find out it takes far more effort to simplify your life, yet it’s easy to complicate it.

 

Take for instance trying to buy a bottle of water. It’s tough to find JUST water. There are numerous options of vitamin infused water, flavored water, carbonated water, double filtered water, etc… the list goes on and on. Heck, just pick up a loaf of bread and notice the fifty ingredients listed.

 

It is also much easier to buy something with money that is not even yours, it’s loaned. What kind of sense does that make? People like to see you pay with your credit card, and people like using them. It doesn’t seem to bother most Americans that there are fees, interested rates, and an entire third-party involved. This has become our norm.

 

It seems over complication is the language of our society. By trying to make things more convenient we alter the state of its simplicity and it’s best design to work.

 

What if people only bought when they could afford it? For one, we might all work a little harder. Employment rates would go up and foreclosures down. But of course all of those complicated systems would have to be simplified as well.

 

What if the food on the shelves was the actual food we thought we were getting. Would we still have the rise of cancers and comorbidities in our nation? This then spills over into our healthcare systems. Oh goodness, that would have to be an entire different post for another day!

 

It is counterculture to simplify. It takes extreme effort but in it I have found such peace. My family and I strive for this daily. One of the definitions for the word simple is: FREEDOM from complexity, intricacy, or division. I love that!

 

What are some ways you try to keep things simple in your home?

 

I’m sharing this with A Wise Woman Builds Her Home, CSAHM Parenting Linkup, Deep Roots at Home, Our Simple Farm, Raising Homemakers, Walking Redeemed, Women Living WellJill’s Home Remedies, Graced Simplicity, Raising Mighty Arrows,  Happy and Blessed HomeMy Joy Filled Life.Christian Mommy Blogger, Let This Mind Be In You

 

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8 Responses to Craving Simple

  • Sometimes I feel like we’re a boring family because we don’t really do much in the way of outside activities. But, the truth is, we’re also not stressed out and living in daily chaos. I do like to try to keep things simple. It’s like the “less is more” principle. When you keep things simple, you have less distractions and you can focus on the important things and really enjoy them.

  • I know a lot of people are into stocking up and buy in bulk, but when I comes to grocery shopping I prefer to buy just what we need that week. I hate cupboards and shelves crammed full, and so much can go to waste if it isn’t used up. Of it gets lost in the clutter and I forget I even have it. I find it easier to make meals when I can easily find ingredients and I know exactly what I have.

  • Katherine says:

    You are right. We do tend to over complicate our lives in an effort to simplify them. You think boxed or canned food is simpler/easier, but really it just adds more chemicals and what not to your diet. I try to keep things simple in our home by getting rid of excess stuff. If we aren’t using it, I get rid of it! I hate clutter so I am constantly giving things away or selling them.

    Thanks for linking up at Babies and Beyond this week!

  • Kasey says:

    Isn’t this the craziest trap? How crazy is it that credit cards are not only accepted but preferred? Our family doesn’t have the income for the bells and whistles of the social life. We get together with friends, take walks, ride bikes, sit around talking about absolutely nothing and absolutely everything and we praise God in the midst of our “simple” chaos. Thanks for putting words to something that has rattled around in my brain…excellent article! Thanks so much for linking it up with me last week!

    • Brittany says:

      Thank you! Yes, I’m constantly pondering all of the things that just don’t add up. It truly is simple things that are by far the most enjoyable. Thanks for commenting:)

  • May says:

    One word: Less

    Less processed food
    Less commitments outside what is truly important
    Less stuff accumulated around the house
    Less spending
    Less, less, less leads to a better life for me!


Hey Y'all! My name is Brittany Styron. Sweet Country Roots is a place I hope to encourage, inspire, and bring a chuckle. Grab yourself a cup of coffee and join conversations about marriage, babies, homeschooling, frugal living, good food, and an old fashioned way of thinking.

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