Simple (and small) Living Vol. 2

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We are thrilled to have Sarah here again as she opens her home to us…
we are extra excited because she has created a lovely set
of printables to share with you later this week!

Last week, I talked about having a vision for your home and thinking about the type of feel you want your home to have.  


In the beginning stages of designing our home, I was inspired by the cabin where we vacation for a week every July. I wanted a home that was filled with what we needed to be comfortable and a place where we could entertain and where I could serve and love my family well. On Pinterest, it’s easy to find beautifully decorated small spaces, flawlessly furnished and organized.

In reality, though, life happens in our home, and often the craft supplies and Legos begin to overtake our space. I have to resist the urge to begin shoveling it into black plastic garbage sacks in a selfish effort to make it look like a Pinterest pin and remember that I share this home with four other people, and that my vision for our home is that it would serve them well.  Simplicity and organization are for all of us. Our small home messes up quick and cleans up quick, and that is the beauty of small and simple living.


I’m in the midst of another big de-clutter project right now which I will talk more about later. We are working to make our children’s bedroom more comfortable and functional for them. I love a home that is organized and inviting – not so it can be a show room for organization, but because I want my kids to enjoy being there. This is something I have to remind myself of often.  

I regularly have to go back to the vision for our home – the original purposes for our home and what I want to accomplish here.


When I de-clutter or organize, I work very hard at entering the task with thankfulness.  I remember that my need to de-clutter is a symptom of God being extravagant with us. He gives us so much.  One of the wonderful results of de-cluttering is that is also gives me the opportunity to be generous and give away the excess.

Rather than get myself worked up over the disarray – the toys and clothes that seem to be overtaking our home – I try to begin by thanking the Father for all that he’s given us because he has blessed beyond measure.

So as you embark on your own Spring Cleaning/Organizing project, start with making a list of what you love about your home.  Then ask yourself a couple of questions:

What is the purpose of your home?  

How do you use your home to bless your family?

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Come share your thoughts over at the
One Thankful Mom Facebook page!  

Simple (and small) Living Volume 1 | Volume 2 | Volume 3 | Volume 4 | Volume 5

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  1. Christine
    March 10, 2016

    I am very excited to read these posts, just for encouragement to stop stalling. I do not need a perfect home just one that I can relax in and enjoy my family. Since graduating college and starting a full time RN position at our local hospital I am stressed about our clutter and disorganization more then ever. This stress is causing uproar in our home we do not need especially with the other issues we deal with on a daily basis (special needs son, adoption issues, 3 weddings to plan and 6 kids still at home). I just want to love and enjoy the family God as given me and I am not doing the best job I can due to tension form stuff.

    1. Lisa Qualls
      March 10, 2016

      I totally understand, Christine. The stuff in our lives becomes such a burden, and we when our lives are already so full that they are spilling over, it becomes too much. I hope you can find some simple ways to declutter even in the midst of life. And three weddings????


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