Happy Simplicity Day! A day to get back to basics and enjoy the simple joys of life, while removing the clutter. This celebration of simplicity, after a chaotic year, is definitely right up our street and so we’ve got some simple tips to get you embracing your inner minimalist...
Everybody’s had that moment where you open a long forgotten drawer, or reach behind a dusty cupboard to reveal an item of clothing or object you haven’t seen in years. Then comes the conflicting thoughts: “Oh my goodness, I used to use this all the time”, and “I’d forgotten I had this!”. They say that clearing your space clears your mind and in the same way that old dusty items can be tucked away in our bedrooms, the background noise of spring-clean chores can also clutter up our brains. So why not bite the bullet, choose a playlist and sort out your workspace, wardrobe, or kitchen cupboards once and for all (or at least until next spring? You could even plan a clothes swap with a friend, give to a group in need, or make an ebay shop to keep things more interesting.
Giving, generosity and sacrifice are key pillars of the Christian faith. It’s always a sobering moment when we ask ourselves how we are doing in those areas, and the last time we looked for an opportunity to really stretch those selfless muscles. Plus so much research points to the way generosity increases our happiness. Simplicity Day is all about enjoying and being thankful for our primary needs, and connecting with others. Generosity kills two birds with one stone! Instead of just giving away what’s old, why not give someone something new! Or commit to using your leftover wages to support a good cause or need in your community.
Loving our neighbours as ourselves isn’t about saving scraps, but giving away to others what we would usually give to ourselves.
2 Corinthians 9:6-8 is such an encouragement to step out in this way, reminding us that we are not obliged to give but it needs to come from our heart.
As we develop that, God is able to give us what we really need.
In the Spring/Summer issue of Clarity, we discussed how to save pennies by creating at home what you’d buy in the shops. Not only does it save money, it also helps to explore the simple joys of creativity and learning something new! Whether it’s learning to cook a new cuisine or simple staple, or fixing a problem with some home DIY, there’s plenty of moments to grab hold of and make progress.
If you’re not sure where to start, why not check out some of our beauty blogs with plenty of simplistic workshops and home improvements. Also, take encouragement from the Bible as a reminder that God is the one who can provide creativity and skill:
‘And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts.’ (Exodus 31:3-5).
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