Monday, December 12, 2011

What is Essential Simplicity?

The dictionary defines essential as absolutely necessary or indispensable. Simplicity has more definitions but the one I like the most is freedom from complexity.

I am not one to come out and condemn someone for having a lot of things and/or a lot of stuff going on in their lives…that is their decision. I just know that the more things you own and the more stuff you’ve got going on…the more complicated life can get. For myself personally, I choose not to embrace complexity…I choose to embrace simplicity. To me, simplicity IS essential…hence the name for this blog.

My goal in having this blog is to help keep myself accountable for the goals I’ve set to simplify my life and to help encourage others who have decided to follow this lifestyle themselves. Not everything I do will be the right step for another, so feel free to pick and choose from the ideas presented here…and maybe you will find other ideas that help you that you may want to pass along here as well.

The things I will concentrate on here will be to simplify in these main areas: cleaning, organizing, shopping, cooking, etc. Other things touched on will be simplifying life online, simplifying activities offline, using resources to find cheap or free fun, getting or staying in shape, staying healthy, etc.

In the interest of full disclosure, I originally started this blog in February 2008 and posted somewhat sporadically off and on for the next three years, but had not posted at all after January of 2011. Recently I have started embracing an even more minimalist approach to life and decided to revamp my blog to reflect that and to attempt to post a bit more often on my blog as I work toward an ever more simple, ever more minimalist lifestyle. The posts that were not relevant to my more minimalist lifestyle were either deleted or moved to my personal blog and the ones that still relate to simplicity and minimalism will be reworked and posted again in the near future.

Since this is a blog, I do welcome comments. Since this is MY blog, comments can be deleted at my discretion. Just keep it clean and polite, please!!