The Simple Year 4 is going to focus on what I’m calling “Life Management.” It might sound complicated and it feels a bit overwhelming at the moment. But a year from now I hope to say I succeeded and that I’ve simplified my life. In other words, I want to get an A.
On the outside I appear organized enough. I’d give myself a solid B+, maybe even an A-. I’m rarely late. My second grader never misses her bus and always has her lunch and homework. I usually have what I need when I need it. But on the inside? I’m struggling in C-territory. I feel frazzled way too often because my house is a mess, I don’t know what’s for dinner and a lengthy list of unfinished projects is calling my name.
And I have secrets. A spare bedroom teeming with junk. An attic close to bursting. And a garage crammed so full of stuff that I can’t make my way through without banging into something. After ten years in my house, I’ve learned to accept the always-evolving list of things to fix and improve. But I’m tired of seeing the same organization-related tasks on the list.
I was an English teacher for sixteen years, so I decided to approach my project with an educator’s eye. It won’t be like any course I’ve ever taught before, because I’m both the student and the teacher. And the curriculum’s kind of going to write itself. My husband and daughter are my students AND my classmates, and they may or may not land in detention for insubordination.
Life Management has four objectives:
1. To create a home which contains only things we need and love.
2. To implement routines and habits to help us manage our time, our house and our health.
3. To improve the quality of family mealtimes through better planning and organization.
4. To utilize free time more mindfully, individually and as a family.
As I work on each objective I plan to refine my ideas about simplicity and how it looks in my life. At the end of each month I’ll issue myself a progress report, so you can see my successes and failures.
I look forward to getting started, and sharing all I learn along the way.
Me and my daughter Emma.