One of my favorite words is lagniappe. Growing up in Avoyelles Parish, I heard a lot of people speaking Cajun French. Over the years that number is dwindling, but certain words will always be stuck in my vocabulary. Also I’d love to learn more! Lagniappe is something extra and in 2017, extra seems to be the norm. Well that’s not what we want for our lives. We don’t want our children to grow up and always be focused on the extras. Sure, work hard and treat yourself, but there’s no need for just more and more and more and more extras. It becomes suffocating.
I read somewhere someone explained that more stuff doesn’t just take up our space, but our time too. Which spoke to me!!! The more we have, the more time we spend find a place to store it, cleaning it, taking care of it, moving it around because we have too much stuff. The list goes on and one.
It really gets me when I know how overwhelming stuff is for me, how does it make my children feel? I know 100% without a doubt, that our oldest does better with order. Maybe that’s because he’s my kid and I created that monster (meaning the order loving part). But he doesn’t need 35465954654 toys. Granted he has about that many trucks and Legos, but they are organized and contained in bins and baskets and we take 1-2 out at a time. The younger one, he just does whatever big brother does, so I’m hoping he likes some order also.
When going through my Powersheets for the fall months, I couldn’t even fill the pages with dreams and goals. I don’t want to force myself to do things. I want to leave room for life to happen. REAL LIFE! I love the thought of my house being completely organized and everything labeled and lined up. But that’s just a thought. I know there’s no way that could be a reality for our life. So my goals are really more about leaving room, getting rid of the extra, and enjoying life. Holidays are coming and that means busyness. I want to be able to savor these times instead of just rushing through them. That means being prepared and leaving room for life to happen.
So for the next few weeks I’m prepping just for that. I will be sharing about my process and hopefully I continue to remind myself why we need less things. I don’t plan on having our home and life perfectly packaged and tied with a bow. I just want space for us to have freedom and time and less worry. I know that my anxiety gets triggered when I’m not in control and things are chaotic. Hopefully this is a step in the right direction for my family and for myself.
I will update the list as I go but here’s my plan.
- Boys’ Rooms
- Boys’ Clothes
- Master Bedroom
- Laundry Rooms
- Office/Guest Room
- Living Room
- Dining Room
- Front Porch
- Back Porch