Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Productivity: Making the Correlation

Welcome to the August 2012 Simplicity Parenting Carnival: Productivity
This post was written as part of the monthly Simplicity Parenting Carnival hosted by The Lone Home Ranger and S.A.H.M. i AM. This month we are discussing how we balance simplicity and productivity, i.e. remain productive while also maintaining a slower pace of life. Be sure to read to the end to see a list of the rest of the excellent carnival contributors.
     I've had an epiphany lately that has radically changed the way I view life and do most things. Maybe I'm behind on the eight-ball, if you will. But, either way it has warranted major some changes around here.

All the stuff that everyone else tells you you need (think: 'more is better' mentality) and we have been working so hard to accumulate, is in my way.

    All of it is getting in the way of me being productive; both in life in general (think laundry, dishes, homeschooling), and literally (think toys, clothes, books). So, while I've been purging my whole life house (which I know in and of itself sounds productive) I've been fighting the urge to give up.  Mostly because, at the end of the day I don't have a clean house, fabulous schedule, or even a minimalistic home. *frown* I'm still overwhelmed with all the stuff! I've taken more loads of stuff to Goodwill than I care to admit, and sadly my house doesn't reflect it. Of course, I know (well, and my family) how much better it feels in our home after getting rid of so much, but I also know we have a long way to go. I'm trying to remember that making a home with a foundation in faith and family- not stuff.

   The more stuff I have, the less productive I am in the areas that matter- faith, family, and fellowship

    I get tied down to the monotony of maintenance of the stuff that I can't maintain the necessary, or enjoy the moment. Now, don't get me wrong. I know that productivity is not always (rarely in my life, actually) about big changes or drastic epiphanies. It's about the little changes that point to a bigger picture. But, nonetheless the little changes and small victories still seem tedious instead of joyous around here.

    I am in the middle of this now. My closet is a nightmare. I have purged it once and it still laughs at me. *smirk* I have clothes that I love but don't wear. Now, to my credit let me let you in on a little secret. I have gone from a size XS to a size large and back again in the last year due to pregnancy (not to mention the maternity clothes that made an appearance on my hangers for 7 months!). So, it's not like I'm just hoarding clothes. I just have my favorites for each size and then a few more to add variety. But, I digress. *wink* The point is not the ridiculousness situation with my closet. It is the fact that I'm working on it. Five trash bags *gasp!* have left my closet to never return again and I am scheduling a date with Goodwill for a second drop off for round two. It is what it is. I am making progress and getting to a point where the clothes aren't in the way. Then getting dressed, doing laundry and maintaining it all won't take away from other areas that I could be doing something more productive or more importantly doing something that really matters (eternally speaking).  My productivity is sure to increase when I'm not tied down to the maintenance of so many clothes. And, I'm sure it will be the same way in other areas in my life.

   It is about productivity, but it's also about perspective. The stuff is leaving and it feels good, but I'm sure it will feel even better when I think I'm done. But, then again, maybe it'll never seem simple enough (or organized enough); sort of like cleaning. Does it ever feel too clean? If it does, I've never experienced it! *laugh* I am making progress, slowly but surely. I'm moving towards minimalism less stuff. But, I'm also moving with the reminder that the stuff isn't the point (whether I have it or not), it's about my perspective and my understanding that all that stuff I wanted gone was just a hindrance and half the battle is recognizing it. 

How do you balance productivity and perspective when it comes to your stuff?
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  1. Your description of purging sounds exactly like what I'm doing now. I have two boxes full of purged kids' clothes, and somehow I still have 8 plastic bins full of maternity and 0-2 years clothes. Sometimes it feels like a full-time job just combatting the onslaught of stuff.

  2. Sometimes I feel like the purging never ends! No matter how much I get rid of there is still more! I love your thought that not being tied to our belongings frees us to do the things that really matter. So true! Thank you for your honesty!

  3. Thank you ladies for the confirmation that I am not the only one! The 'stuff' really does get in the way and can overtake us quickly! I'm looking forward to posting pictures to show my progress!


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