Okay, so I have been thinking lately as I am plugging away through Simplicity Parenting. It took me 8+ years to clutter my home and many more years to create a hectic lifestyle. I can't expect change to happen overnight. Life has a way of happening and decluttering both figuratively and physically take time.
I want to allow myself the time needed to simplify. I want the process to be rewarding and not a burden or something I just "need" to complete.
Giving myself a full year to try to simplify my family life, home, and work life seems like a reasonable goal. For most, this would be more than enough time. For me, this will be an extreme challenge.
I am the epitome of clutter. I have piles on my piles. I have a hard time throwing away things for school. I spend so much time working on things for my classroom that I am afraid if I throw something away I might have to redo all the hard work that has already been done. Crazy I know, but it's a true fear. I think if I decluttered my school papers and "things" my house and family life would automatically simplify a bit.
Another dilemma is a lack of storage space. We do not have a linen closet or storage in the bathrooms. I don't even have a dresser. The lack of storage causes me to put things in nooks and crannies. Well, obviously this is not the best option. I just do not know how to solve this problem at the moment.
To keep myself on track, I want to journal about my adventures... both trials and tribulations. I plan to do this in a variety of ways: one being a physical journal. Since part of simplification is cutting down screen time, I think this will definitely work in my favor. Not only will I be cataloguing my journey, but when it comes time to post, I will be able to copy from my journal. I will only need to proof what I have entered.
So... That is my plan thus far. I hope to stick to this plan as I feel simplifying is an important step at this point in my life and the lives of my children. I just hope I prove to have the endurance to cross the finish line. The rewards will be well worth the wait.