With the way life’s been going lately, I’m grateful for simple things. Meals that are low maintenance, our lack of extracurricular activities in this season of life (at least for the two little ones), and a smaller house that is not over cluttered, just to name a few. My little guy was sick and feverish this week, so that meant even less things than normal got done. Despite his clinginess and our collective lack of sleep, I still managed to cook every night this week. That does not typically happen when things get crazy around here. Part of this can be attributed to good meal planning and a slow cooker, and part is due to a visiting cousin who was such a big help all week. I don’t know what I would have done without her!
I hope she didn’t mind the simple meals I fed her, but sometimes simple is good. One night we had slow cooker spaghetti squash and meatballs. Another evening was Greek salads using rotisserie chicken. One night we made pork chops in the slow cooker and served with broccolini. Easy, but healthy and all whole foods. I’ve gravitated to those types of meals over the last year or so and try to plan out my meals to minimize waste and cut costs. Of course, sometimes I’ll get in a creative mood and will make something a little more complex. But especially on weeknights, I feel like the easier, the better.
As I mentioned, having a smaller house means less mess and clutter overall. With kids it feels impossible to avoid clutter altogether, but I try to do a sweep of the kids’ toys every few months where I swap out certain ones and pitch others. I also keep a donate box in the garage that I am continuously adding to. We also have our home professionally cleaned twice a month which is honestly the best thing ever. Otherwise, nothing would ever be clean at the exact same time. I’m so grateful to have this luxury, and it’s one I do not take for granted!
The past few weeks I’ve also been trying to unsubscribe to junk emails as they come in rather than just hitting delete. I get so annoyed with all those emails clogging up my inbox and then I tend to miss the more important ones. I don’t even know how I got on some of those email lists!
In this stage of life, I’m also conscious of not overcommitting and tend to think less is more as far as scheduled activities with the kids are concerned. I know myself well enough to do this with my own time too. I’ve had to scale back on most volunteer work, knowing it’s a healthy decision at this time in my life. I know in a different season I’ll be ready to embrace those things again, but my children are currently my main mission and I’m okay with that.
I don’t log onto social media often, and that’s another way to minimize feeling pulled in several different directions (’cause that happens all day long anyway with kids).
All of these things help me feel like I’m not a slave to certain tasks, possessions, and activities – cooking will always be there, but no reason to complicate it. Life is so busy as it is, that even with these simplified points, it still feels chaotic!
I’ll leave you with a great website and some tips to simplify your life that I found useful and affirmed my decisions. I don’t think there is anything wrong with saying no if your plate is full, and taking a step back when life is in a crazy season. Sometimes slowing down helps us better soak up the simple, and often, best things of this life.