Circumstances moved our young family from a two-bedroom townhouse to a bigger house in another part of town. The extra storage, bigger space and yard, and close proximity to church were all welcome addition. I finally got my windows in a bigger kitchen. We frequently read and watched movies by the fire.
But I also noticed I spend substantial time cleaning and organizing rooms that are not even lived on. We are kitchen dwellers, after all. I’m home all day with the kids, yet I was longing to truly spend time with them. To be more involved, to be more present. The calling to simplify was strong.
SO just when our family got bigger, we decided to give away a big chunk of our material possessions and moved to the city to a much smaller and older home we called the Cottage. We decluttered mercilessly- loads after loads of the Stuff taken to the thrift stores. We lived simpler, more intentional. The exercise continues even after we’ve settled in. We felt liberated. We don’t miss the Stuff at all. Everyone adjusted very quickly to city dwelling. We particularly loved being able to walk to the lake, or bike to places.
The kids and I pared their toys down to minimum. Because they were involved in the process, they have a better understanding and acceptance of it, and appreciation of what they kept. They became better stewards. It’s easier to clean up nowadays. (Though I still wish they would do it without the prodding.) Creativity flourished.
Acquaintances seem shocked to find out we’ve moved to the big city. (And they have not even heard the rest of the story.) This chosen lifestyle just doesn’t sound progressive and appealing at all.
You’ll find our Model in the Gospels.
And He still molts our desires to align with His. We don’t have to go the way of culture.
We are still finding our way around. I mean, are we ever done? We don’t have the whole picture… what we have is a vision. And one thing I’m sure, Stuff is not part of it.
So we run with it. Don’t worry about us, friends. We’ve laid down the extra baggage and Someone is guiding us by the hands. We should be okay:)