I recently took a family holiday where we packed up the car and travelled by Ferry to France to stay for a week.
Packing for a family of 4 always always brings many decisions which mainly include what clothes and shoes will we need to wear , what bath and body products will we need to keep clean and what other bits do I need to be comfortable and enjoy the holiday.
If your interested in what I packed then get a free PDF copy of my packing checklist here
Next I go a stage further and think what things will we need to be content or happy for me my journal, my daughter will need her favourite teddy and my teenage son of course his iPhone!
It’s simple we realise we can’t take everything with us for a week so we pack what we think we need and leave the rest behind for our return.
When we arrived in France we travelled to our accommodation which was self catering and furnished. So we obviously had no need to take furniture or kitchenware. There we had most of the basic things we needed. Along the week however we did find out we were missing a few things in the home space that we would have liked a kettle, some scissors, a bath mat , a mop , a spatula to name the main living items. An extra towel and more reading books would have been nice in our own personal items. But generally we had everything we required and what we didn’t improvised and all was well.
What this week made clear to me was that my own house at home is filled with lots more stuff than I have whilst away of course some stuff is useful (the kettle!) some pretty and sentimental (photos) and others well this is where I started thinking deeply , I’m not sure it has a use or purpose at all.
In France on holiday everything felt simple without the clutter you have more space to think, less to be distracted by, more physical space to move (even in a smaller footprint property). It’s easier to decide what to do and how to do it, you can be more decisive and know yourself solely in that moment as there is no stuff mounting to a lifetime of styles and memories constantly around you. And I really love cleaning (I’m in that strange category of people who enjoy it) but it’s easier and quicker to do with less stuff around so you have more time in your day to do what else you like on holiday this is making memories and relaxing but at home it could equally be work or spending more time with family or on your hobby.
I don’t think I’m ready for a truly minimalist lifestyle that you read about in some magazines and blogs with my family but I have considered that making life simpler and less cluttered can hold onto those positive qualities and experiences I had whilst on holiday back to everyday life.
So if you want to join me on the declutter challenge I have set myself for August you can follow me on Facebook and Instagram where I will be sharing the areas I am tackling and what I have learnt along the way.
Maybe this could too inspire you to live life happy, healthy and fulfilled.
Linda Perry (a.k.a. Magick Mummy)
Holistic Health Practitioner💚Mum👩👧👦 Wife💏Author📘Blogger. My mission to inspire others to live a healthy, happy & full life!