Comments on: Simplifying http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/simplifying/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:38:07 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Dacă ar trebui să alegi doar 200 de lucruri din tot ceea ce deții … (din seria cugetări de pe bicicletă) | Marius Cruceru http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/simplifying/comment-page-1/#comment-837904 Dacă ar trebui să alegi doar 200 de lucruri din tot ceea ce deții … (din seria cugetări de pe bicicletă) | Marius Cruceru Wed, 29 Jan 2014 16:03:01 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29551#comment-837904 [...] se poate face? Vezi un posibil răspuns aici: simplifică-ți viața! Citește și aici cîteva idei excelente despre modul în care poți să donezi, să împrumuți, [...]

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By: Friday Favorites – one eighteen | Homemade Ocean http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/simplifying/comment-page-1/#comment-431785 Friday Favorites – one eighteen | Homemade Ocean Fri, 18 Jan 2013 12:01:12 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29551#comment-431785 [...] the new year recently rung…aren’t we all trying to simplify.  Maybe this lesson from Design Mom would be a great kick-start.I know you aren’t going to believe me when I tell you [...]

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By: julia [life on churchill] http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/simplifying/comment-page-1/#comment-430785 julia [life on churchill] Thu, 17 Jan 2013 02:13:38 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29551#comment-430785 I love this post. I just went through our basement tonight and made a sell pile, a donate pile, a recycle pile, and “bring upstairs.” Mostly toys and books. Its amazing how quickly things accumulate. I literally feel a bit lighter now.

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By: Jennifer http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/simplifying/comment-page-1/#comment-430351 Jennifer Wed, 16 Jan 2013 02:32:09 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29551#comment-430351 I am new to your blog (yay! loving it!) and I really am intrigued by the idea of scaling down, and living more simply. I like how it was mentioned about being more thoughtful about what one buys. One of my goals for this year is to give away /sell and to get organized which I feel will make my life more simple , organized and will = happy. I am not a hoarder, but we live in a 3 story 2800 sq foot house with two children and two pets and there is too much clutter and “stuff” that I don’t even know where to begin to put!
Now if I could only get my husband on board with this (his mentality is buying “something” makes him happy) SIGH..

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By: Moitreyee Chowdhury http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/simplifying/comment-page-1/#comment-430173 Moitreyee Chowdhury Tue, 15 Jan 2013 18:40:03 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29551#comment-430173 Thank you for your responses. It is true about stuff. Today only I was discussing this with a friend. This is in context to a project that I am working on with a photographer, about photographs in digital and prints. It seems, the important tangible objects, such as photographs, hand written notes etc. are appearing less and less in our lives, and things that are meaningless appear more now.
I came to USA 10 years ago, with two suitcases. Last month I packed all the things that are in real sense important to me. Some books, some of my grandmother’s belongings, some art work that I have created. It was a liberating feeling. I feel, I am not held down by objects. I can move, flow, go places.

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By: SarahBeth http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/simplifying/comment-page-1/#comment-430149 SarahBeth Tue, 15 Jan 2013 18:10:56 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29551#comment-430149 exactly! Thanks ;)

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By: amy http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/simplifying/comment-page-1/#comment-430075 amy Tue, 15 Jan 2013 15:51:15 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29551#comment-430075 I was responsible for going through my grandparents’ house after they died (my dad was their only child and he preceded them in death). They had been married 70 years, and lived in the huge farmhouse where three generations had lived before them! There was an astonishing amount of stuff. Fortunately, my grandmother had labeled most things, but it took me an entire years’ worth of visits to take care of it all. And, like Valerie, I reached the point where I could not throw out or absorb any more of their memories. The quantity of stuff pushed the possessions into the “baggage” category when it optimally should have been in the “memories” category.

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By: Valerie http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/simplifying/comment-page-1/#comment-430068 Valerie Tue, 15 Jan 2013 15:42:26 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29551#comment-430068 This post casues me to think about two very distinct views. First, I think we become comfortable with our surroundings and loose a clarity of vision of what we may have accumulated. After college I moved 8 times in 3 years and by golly about move 3 I embraced the “if I haven’t used it since the last move, I don’t need it rule.” When I moved from the first home I bought, I was astounded to see how much stuff I had aquired in that 10 year period (in some ways in made me feel very adult-like). We have now been in our current home for just over 6 years and it is easy to tuck the clutter and stuff away thinking you’ll use or need it again some day soon because let’s face it, who wants to clean closets on their day off? As much as I think there is value in embracing a one in, one out rule, I also think that every few years we need to try and bring fresh eyes to our home and posssions and be honest in assesing our need to retain them. As painful as it may seem because of the items original cost or the memories an item evokes – we evolve as people, couples and familes and chances are good that there are many former cherised items that can find new life elsewhere.
The second is I was responsible for packing up my parents’ home after my dad passed away and we had moved my mom, who suffers from a rare dementia, into an assisted living community. My dad had been career military and they had lived abroad and all over the US before settling in for 30 plus years in our current town. My parents had been married just a few months shy of 50 years when my dad passed away and I have to say that with so much stuff in their home I reached a point where I couldn’t give away, sell or otherwise dispose of another “memory”. The last 20 boxes or so were simply packed up and 5 years later continue to take up space in my sister’s garage. So, all this to say – as we age I think we need to be conscious of our footprint and who might someday become responsible for it.
And one last thought in this long ramble (sorry) .. one of my New Year’s resolutions was to sort and catalog the 4 very large boxes of family photos from my parents’ house. Up until the mid-2000’s most of us still regularly printed out film as opposed to having file upon file of digital photos. PLEASE take the time to go through your cherished photos and identify who, what and dates! And, share your photos, especially if you have “adult” children. I have come across some really phenomenal photos of my mom and dad from the 50’s that are so expressive and telling but there are no dates and my parents never shared them with us as kids or adults so we don’t know the story behind them.

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By: Cath http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/simplifying/comment-page-1/#comment-429987 Cath Tue, 15 Jan 2013 09:22:49 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29551#comment-429987 I recently got rid of all the clothes that I wore that didn’t make me feel good – and there were a lot of them! I had a lot of jeans that were too big (bought immediately post pregnancy), too small (prepregnancy), t-shirts that were comfy and practical but always made me feel frumpy, shoes that were always going to be uncomfy…. and these were the items that I was wearing most day in day out! I feel much better for only wearing my nice clothes that now I am doing the same with my kitchen cupboards; getting rid of the chipped or plastic plates and cups that we always seem to end up using everyday whilst the nice ones lay unused at the back.

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By: Amy Hackworth http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/simplifying/comment-page-1/#comment-429927 Amy Hackworth Tue, 15 Jan 2013 04:38:18 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29551#comment-429927 Kate, I think it’s in the air this month! Fun to hear that you were thinking the same thing. I believe I’ll easily say goodbye to 100 things this month, and I’ll think of you as I drop my things off at the thrift store.

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By: Amy Hackworth http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/simplifying/comment-page-1/#comment-429926 Amy Hackworth Tue, 15 Jan 2013 04:35:21 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29551#comment-429926 I’m not ready for 100 things, either, but like you, I find it inspiring. I love your perspective about stuff.

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By: Amy Hackworth http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/simplifying/comment-page-1/#comment-429925 Amy Hackworth Tue, 15 Jan 2013 04:34:37 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29551#comment-429925 Amy, this is inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

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By: Raquel http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/simplifying/comment-page-1/#comment-429872 Raquel Tue, 15 Jan 2013 00:22:10 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29551#comment-429872 I am with you on the clutter reduction. I look at the amazing closets out there and for a moment I think I want them, but I realize that I really do not want to spend my time managing hundreds of shoes, sweaters etc…

Every year I try to live with a little less so that I can have more free time to enjoy the people in my life. Sure I bring stuff in once in a while, but I also purge items regularly. I am not ready to reduce to 100 things yet, but the challenge is inspiring!

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By: Kate S. http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/simplifying/comment-page-1/#comment-429848 Kate S. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 22:46:11 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29551#comment-429848 What a coincidence; I just posted on this very topic today:

http://coloritlovely.blogspot.com/2013/01/stuff-and-getting-rid-of-it.html

I’ve sort of reversed the 100 challenge, in that I do a major biannual clean out with the aim of removing 100 things from my life. I do believe we come to rely too much on things as a way to form our identities and provide for emotional needs, and that there is great beauty in simplicity. Thanks so much for this post.

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By: Amy http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/simplifying/comment-page-1/#comment-429837 Amy Mon, 14 Jan 2013 22:23:21 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29551#comment-429837 All I know is that during the process of moving from a home where my husband and I had lived for 19 years (15 of those with kids), we were able to jettison boxes and boxes and boxes of clothes, toys, books, whatnots, as well as entire pieces of furniture that we had outgrown, did not need anymore, or never really needed in the first place. I started a mental inventory of how much money we spent on all those things and stopped because it was so depressing. We moved to a bigger house and have far fewer belongs and I think we are all a lot calmer, nicer to each other, and less frenzied when we get ready for work and school, pack for a trip, etc., because our space is almost always tidy, we know where things are, and our surroundings are more peaceful. I hope to keep it this way.

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By: Amy Hackworth http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/simplifying/comment-page-1/#comment-429824 Amy Hackworth Mon, 14 Jan 2013 21:43:01 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29551#comment-429824 Good points, Moiytree. I think Dave Bruno addresses this somewhere in the comments section of his site, but his emphasis is not on the strict counting of 100 items, but really being conscious about the items you choose to own. For me, the more important idea is that 1. I think I have too much stuff and 2. I want to own items that have real value to me, which does include supplies for projects and fun stuff for our family.

I love April and Gabrielle’s responses, too, about appreciating and enjoying beautiful things but not owning them.

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By: Amy Hackworth http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/simplifying/comment-page-1/#comment-429823 Amy Hackworth Mon, 14 Jan 2013 21:37:58 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29551#comment-429823 I wonder what the results will be! Very interesting. A few years ago when I was feeling like my SMALL closet was particularly boring, I shocked myself by finding 4 garbage bags of clothes to donate. It was such a lovely feeling to only look at clothes I enjoyed wearing, instead of feeling like I was always searching through blahhhh.

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By: Amy Hackworth http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/simplifying/comment-page-1/#comment-429822 Amy Hackworth Mon, 14 Jan 2013 21:34:09 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29551#comment-429822 Wow, thanks for the encouragement, SarahBeth! I’m so happy to hear you’re doing this with your family with success! I’m also a fan of Gretchen Rubin (and William Morris), and I love your perspective about all those winter boots!

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/simplifying/comment-page-1/#comment-429784 Design Mom Mon, 14 Jan 2013 20:13:46 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29551#comment-429784 Is this the quote you’re thinking of?

http://weheartit.com/entry/15508440?group=B&imgres=

William Morris is one of my favorite designers.

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2013/01/simplifying/comment-page-1/#comment-429782 Design Mom Mon, 14 Jan 2013 20:11:51 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=29551#comment-429782 I agree with April, I think your comment is totally appropriate. And I actually think about this sort of thing a lot.

I know it sounds strange, but I actually don’t actually spend much time shopping, and I own very few items that I feature here on the site. Most of the time, I get joy just knowing the items exist — even if I don’t possess them. I haven’t lived near a Target store in two years, but when I did, if I needed an end-of-day break, I would walk around the store and fill my cart with pretty things, but then put it all back when I had enough inspiration. It was enough to “own” them during my trip to the store.

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