I'm afraid to even think about this or write this post! I struggle with the idea of letting go of the things I enjoy even for a season.
I guess that I am afraid I will stop loving to do all the things I love ~ homey things, crafty things, making from scratch - you know, the longer more complicated - yet more fun way of doing things.
And, it sometimes feels like if I give up one thing - pretty soon it will be a dozen needing to go.
I am going to simplify this year. I. am. Yes, this is a pep talk to myself! My first step was to buy nightgowns for the little ladies on the after-Christmas sale for next Christmas Eve. Yes, you heard that right - no homemade jammies for Christmas Eve next year. Haven't found the right thing for Samuel yet - but I will.
I'm now considering buying Easter and Christmas clothes instead of making them as well. It is hard to say ~ but, there are multiple reasons:
* time - the obvious one!
* cost - buying something is way cheaper than making it; yes, I will still make things - but I'm going to be more selective about what those things are
* enjoyment - I loved the skirts I made for the little ladies this year for Christmas, however - they do not love wearing them. When I consider the cost for the fabric and all the time I spent on them - this is not choosing simplicity. This year, I plan to let them help pick out their new things.
Oh, it is hard to say and to admit - but I'm sincerely trying to make good decisions that are less complicated, less costly and more enjoyable. This has carried over to a few other little things in my life like using minced garlic in a jar instead of cutting my own up for each meal and not getting multiple sets of coupons each week, not to mention that I've quit doing most of the bargain shopping.
How about you? How do you get realistic about choices that will simplify your life?