When Kevin and I had our first child, a good friend of mine, Jennifer, gave us a book called “Simplify Your Life with Kids”. I remember this book being chock full of good tips on how to minimize complications by minimizing possessions and various other ideas on keeping your life simple. The book is now missing- likely hiding amongst all the stuff, things and clutter that has accumulated in our house over the past 12 years.
This idea of simple is quite popular these days. From the magazine REAL SIMPLE, to the new book “The Simple Home” by our colleague Sarah (Sally) Nettleton.
Sally’s concept of the simple home is not about a style, but rather about a personal approach. It’s about being discovering your own “simple” and designing your home to be true to that vision. The design of your home should be flexible, thrifty, sustainable and timeless.
I love the idea of simple, unadorned, modern, clean home. In my mind, our new home will be entirely clutterless. (Listen for the sound of Kevin laughing out loud.) No knick-knacks, bric-a-brac or any other objects worthy of such peculiar & bizarre names. We will have designed in systems to keep the clutter at bay and can relax every day in this clean, comforting, simple environment.
Okay, this is not exactly the way we live now. This is what our kitchen countertop usually looks like. I’m not saying good design can solve all of our problems, but a good purging, thoughtful storage and a commitment to simplifying things should go a long way to creating a more calming environment. We hope.