“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”.
I will avoid calling it a new year’s resolution because I don’t want it to be in vain like many others, but I’m really thinking of giving this one a go this year. After all, this year is going to be a lot about wellbeing, self-care and better living.
Turns out a message printed on a tote bag can go a long way. It’s brilliant. It’s an eye opener. It makes sense. To me in particular, as I’m such an overthinker and I complicate everything until I bring myself to physical exhaustion. And I don’t mean just trying to decide on a colour scheme or how to (re)arrange the books on the shelves (the flowers in a vase, the foods on a cheese platter), but yes, I am referring to styling as well because this blog is a lot about that. And in terms of interiors that would kind of translate into minimalism, which is not everyone’s cup of tea. (Mine neither, by the way.) But I am starting to see its benefits. Less knick-knacks, less clutter, less time required for organising and re-organising, better energy flow, calmer interiors.
And if we visualise this and extend this thought to other aspects of our lives, then we can see how beneficial it is to s-i-m-p-l-i-f-y. To make things simpler and re-learn the real values, focus on what is important. And no, I will not throw away all my possessions, but I will try to aim at putting more stuff out of sight, to achieve a cosy and relaxing home. And I will also try not to sweat the small stuff anymore. To care less about why someone doesn’t like me or didn’t smile back or hasn’t replied to my email. To paint and sew and weave and make all those handmade things without worrying whether anyone would like them.
Yes, I realise it’s a journey and I realise there will be steps forward and steps back. But it think it will be worth it.