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This week was the last week in Simple Mom's Project Simplify series, which I have loved. Each Monday morning I've checked her blog in anticipation of that week's "Hot Spot." I was really excited when she announced that this week's Hot Spot was "Choose Your Own!"
So...which spot did I choose? Was it my crazed laundry room? My over-stuffed coat closet? My insane tupperware cabinet? What...Did...That...Mommy...Do???
I flailed, that's what I did. I did NOTHING! And I have no explanation really except that it just wasn't that simple.
Since I chose my motto for this year, "Simpler is Better," I've been trying to make decisions that encourage simplicity for me and my family. However, you know I have two main goals--simple and frugal, and lately they aren't playing nice.
These bins were both simple and frugal:
But these curtains...
...well, they were frugal but they were anything but simple. Simple would have been going online and ordering from Ballard. Frugal demanded that I couldn't do that.
In fact, I have found that it takes a lot of effort and some amount of money to simplify, at least when you are starting out. It takes so much time to clean out a closet, a pantry, or kids' toys. It take way more time to sell things you don't need than to stuff them into an already jam-packed closet, attic, basement, garage, etc.
I'm not complaining about trying to simplify, because I do think it is well worth the effort. What I am saying is sometimes I hit my limit. This week I just couldn't scrape together the energy to simplify anything! Just keepin' it real. How about you...do you find it is hard to balance simple with frugal? How do you make it work?