Like 99% of Americans, I love everything about Fixer Upper and Chip and Joanna. I am obsessed with their style – that rustic, shiplap, farmhouse feel. I recently got a sample abbreviated copy of their new magazine, Magnolia Journal, with another one of my magazines in the mail. Of course, it was beautifully designed, but it was also full of great tips and articles.
I read this article written by Joanna, and I loved every.single.word.
(Cropped the article for the sake of copyright.)
The gist of the article is that it’s a myth that you set yourself up to live a simple life and then just forget about it. Like most things in life, simplicity requires maintenance. Joanna says, “Few things in my life require more intentionality than living an edited life.”
I cannot agree with her more. I am constantly editing my closet, my clutter spots, my kitchen cabinets, my pantry, Mazen’s toys, drawers, the garage, etc. The natural tendency is for things to build up, and therefore we must continually pair down. I just sent a huuuuge box to Goodwill last week, and I have no idea where most of the things in there came from. (Most of them were probably Target purchases from five years ago.)
This concept has parallels with healthy living too – the tendency is to eat more and more and let things slide as we float through life distracted by everything we have on our proverbial plates. But we must intentionally reset every now and then and reflect on our choices to make sure we are eating and living with mindfulness. That’s why food journals are so effective – they force us to step back and reflect.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Do you agree? Disagree? Are you someone who is constantly editing or do you just go with the flow of your house until your closets are full and you need to move?