A few months ago, my husband and I were blessed to spend the weekend in a nice cabin at an Oklahoma lake. While the outside views were breathtaking, I was totally overtaken and immersed by the simplicity inside our cabin. In my previous blog post, I mentioned my intention to lead a more minimalistic lifestyle. This cabin clearly demonstrated that vision and gave me a hint of “what could be” in my home with a little effort.
By no means was the cabin dreary, drab or lacking in modern conveniences. In fact, just the opposite. It was beautiful, had state of the art stainless appliances and granite countertops, and looked as if it had been staged for a home design TV show (who doesn’t like watching a little HGTV now and again?). The only thing missing were the things we didn’t need anyway.
For example, it was stocked with only one casserole dish, one set of dishes, one spatula, one set of tongs, and so on. There were no duplicates cluttering the cabinets and drawers. The kitchen countertops were clean and uncluttered, as was the rest of the cabin. It was very refreshing to spend a weekend living with less.
In this serene space, I felt free from the clutter of everyday life, in my mind and physical space. My husband and I loved this cabin and would have been happy to make it our permanent residence. But alas, all good things must come to an end, and with the fear of a court order to vacate the premises from the owners, we left for home.
This stay energized me with a renewed spirit and plan of action. I made a promise to myself that the first thing I’d do upon my return was to clean out our kitchen utensil drawer to kick-start my decluttering. And I did!
I found duplicates of many items, including two citrus zesters, two pastry brushes and seven—sadly, that’s not a typo—paring knives. There were several duplicate items like serving spoons that might be needed when my whole family comes to our house, but I was able to put a large portion of my “party ware” in another space to free up our everyday use space. I found gadgets that I didn’t even remember I had.
The best discovery was an apple corer. This is significant because in the last few months I’d almost purchased one on several occasions. But because I am gradually changing my mindset about “stuff,” I quieted my urge and resisted the purchase of what would have been a duplicate.
This purging caused me to realize that sometimes we have everything we need and just don’t realize it, until we do a little cleaning. I think this applies not only to kitchen drawers but also to life. It’s not what you have in your life, but who you get to share it with.
Not only has God given me a loving family and wonderful friends, but He has also blessed me with my Access family, and for that I am truly thankful. Now if I can just get my home looking like the inside of that cabin, maybe we can host a few more of them, without needing those seven paring knives to do so.