Creating a Life Free From Chaos

What is Modern Simplicity?

What is Modern Simplicity?I’ve been writing Modern Simplicity for almost 8 years (!) now, and over that time, the blog has grown and changed as I have. With so many new readers popping in every day, I feel like it’s time to define what Modern Simplicity is and how I hope I can help you personally.

When I first started Modern Simplicity, my intent was to highlight ways to live more simply on the Earth. I was very into being eco-friendly, so posts often revolved around changing light bulbs, ways to reuse everyday items, and composting trash. While I’m still very Earth-conscious, the chaos of modern life, with its emphasis on busyness and the avid acquisition of “stuff,” has become my focus. Modern Simplicity shifted gears because I want to help stressed-out families get away from consumerism and packed schedules, and find their way back to a more peaceful, focused existence.

If you’ve been a Modern Simplicity reader for awhile, you may have noticed that I haven’t been posting very regularly. I’ve been frustrated, and feeling unworthy to write this blog, because I’m not the poster child of simple living. I thought I needed to have it all down to a science before I could write about it.

My house is still cluttered (though getting less so every day), my schedule is packed (but I’m learning how to say no to what doesn’t bring me joy or bring me closer to my goals), my kids are loud and messy (whose aren’t?), I don’t know what’s for dinner (because I was too tired to plan ahead), and the budget is tight (because God knows we haven’t always made the best decisions with what to do with our cash). I didn’t feel like I had the “authority” to write about how to live simply when I currently am in the midst of chaos myself. I was scared, frustrated, embarrassed and too lazy to change. My health went downhill, and I’ve struggled with anxiety, fibromyalgia and chronic pain. After much prayer, I realized that Modern Simplicity wasn’t about telling you what to do from my soapbox, it’s about sharing with you the struggles of finding the modern simple lifestyle together.

Together, we can cut through the chaos and find a balance between modern demands and the intentional, joyful lifestyle we desire.

Simple living means many things to many people. My simple may not be your simple, and that’s OK. Simple living for me involves living in a meaningful, intentional way that values my family and brings us joy while also using our resources to help others and living as lightly on the Earth as we can. I want to buy less but buy better quality that will last, and use my excess to help others as God leads me. I want to teach my children to care about others and be generous with everything God has blessed them with.

Modern Simplicity is about learning how to figure out what brings you joy and then pursuing it.

Clearing the chaos out of your home so you’re surrounded by just what you use and love. Making your home a sanctuary where you and your loved ones can relax and shake off the stress of the day — not be confronted by the mess of too much and the stress of paying for it all. It’s about ditching the busy pursuit of more for the simple, fulfilling abundance of “enough.” It’s about getting rid of the chaos that blinds you from what really matters and that distracts you from pursuing your calling.

Together, I want us to:

  • Declutter our homes, keeping the things that we use and that bring us joy, while discarding the stuff that weighs us down and brings down our spirits every time we walk through the door. Staying true to my eco-conscious self, I want to show you how you can discard your unwanted items while being conscious of where they go, ideally to others who need our discards and can use them to bring joy and abundance to their own lives.
  • “Unbusy” our schedules. Yes, modern life is chaotic, but our schedules don’t have to be. Together, I want to find ways to unload the tasks and commitments that keep us running and simplify to just the tasks that will bring us joy and help us reach our goals. That’s not to say that we can unload every task we don’t find pleasurable, but we can trim our commitments down considerably so there’s more time for family, friends and downtime.
  • Dig out of debt. Despite knowing my Dave Ramsey lessons, we’ve got ourselves a hole to dig out of. From talking to my friends, I know that a good many of them do too. When there’s too much month and not enough money, it can be hard and dispiriting not knowing what to do. Together, we’ll figure out ways to reduce expenses and increase income, and together, we will dig out of the hole.

If Modern Simplicity’s goals resonate with you, I’d love for you to drop me a line in the comments, and be sure to sign up below for Modern Simplicity’s newsletter — I want to connect with you and work to create a life free from chaos, together.

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19 Replies

  1. This is me too! I keep comforting myself with the fact that I at least know what the problem is. Ever so slowly but surely I am working on all the clutter of my time and space. I’m sure eventually I will get ahead of it all.

    1. Thank you Anastacia! Glad I’m not alone! We’ll get there eventually.

  2. Sandy, I love what Modern Simplicity is all about and I love that you are doing your part to promote conscious living. I especially appreciate what you said about admitting that you are not perfect, but you’re still “sharing… the struggles of finding the modern simple lifestyle together”. Your goals of living a simpler, less cluttered and chaotic lifestyle resonates deeply with me. I used to say that I wished I lived in the olden days when people plowed the fields and women sat on the porch quilting together, and cooked every meal from scratch – things were so simple. But I realized I can fill that longing for simplicity in today’s world by embracing a more sustainable and less chaotic lifestyle. Of course this is not easy, so I’m grateful for places like your blog where I can come for support and encouragement. I look forward to reading more of your posts!

    1. sandy

      Thank you Haley!

  3. Awesome! Love it. Keep writing about your journey, you’re definitely qualified to write about that and it will help others. I love the theme of decluttering time and possessions. Sounds great!

    1. sandy

      Aww, thanks Juni!

  4. Love your redefinition of your blog’s purpose! I love how you’re going on the journey with the readers together–it shows that you’re human and that we can all learn together and encourage one another. Destressing and decluttering are both SOOO important in modern living. I’m looking forward to reading more of your lovely blog and coming by to get pointers on how to get some of the stress out of my life!

    1. sandy

      Thanks Alyssa!

  5. Like you, I too haven’t gotten my act together. Although my blog is about creating art while living the best possible life, I have not been able to do the ‘live the best life’ bit. But I think the best kinds of blogs are about readers going on a journey with you. It’s fine to be spoken to from a pedestal, but I find that makes the writer unrelatable to me. That’s me anyway.

    About the debt bit. I want to give you some encouragement. I recently became debt free – I paid off the mortgage, credit cards everything – but that’s after several relapses. I started my journey in 2009. I got rid of my 13k credit card debt in 2010 only to end up with 8k credit card debt in 2012. It took adopting minimalist thinking to truly change myself, so I think you’re on the right track. What I had to do was to raise my income, so I did it by working a part-time job. It was exhausting, but worth it in the end.

    Thanks for sharing your journey with us so honestly. That’s what we need in this world.

    1. sandy

      Thank you Elizabeth!

  6. Pete

    Hi Sandy!

    Just connected to you through Joshua Becker. Have signed up for your newsletter. Here I am at near 60 years of age and trying to bring simplicity to my life after years of trying to find value in adding more stuff. Thank you for allowing us to learn along with you.

    1. sandy

      So glad you’re here, Pete! Looking forward to the journey!

  7. Really glad to have finally discovered you, Sandy! I’m on a similar journey and am kind of making it up as I go along. I think you and I share a worldview, and it’s encouraging to know there are more of us out there.

    1. So glad to have connected with you Colleen!

  8. Paula

    I am in the process of decluttering & paring down. I like the idea of minimalism. It’s a new journey for me. Thanks for your help.

  9. Just found your page while blogging myself. Love love love!!!

  10. Erica

    Hi Sandy – I’m just coming across your blog for the first time. Do you ever address anything in regards to simplifying when it comes to social media? Cheers,

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