Simplify Life in 2014

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I have found my life getting continuously cluttered in many areas. This causes me to be overwhelmed and seldom feel like I’m getting anything done. My mind hardly rests – if it isn’t the cleaning list of to do’s, it’s the mothering list of how to’s; it’s the meals I can’t do. It seems endless.

I’ve been working with a team of bloggers and recognized we all have similar goals to simplify, so we put together the Life: Simplified Project for 2014.

Life: Simplified 2014

While our goals vary slightly on different areas of our lives, our ultimate goal remains the same: to simplify our lives in the areas needed  most.

For me, this includes these 4 areas:

Simplify Home

Maintaining a relatively clean and tidy home filled with 7 people is no easy task. After realizing repeatedly that I cannot keep up at this pace (even with the help of my children), I’ve decided it was time to take a different approach: purge and simplify. The old saying rings true: less is more.

We’ve accumulated more toys, more clothes, more miscellaneous than we can keep up with.

Less stuff will equal more peace and more time.

Simplify Time Management

Speaking of time, freeing up some more is definitely a good thing but it wouldn’t do much good if I didn’t manage it well. I need to funnel that extra time into areas where it will most benefit. I also need to choose wisely what I’m spending my time on. I have created schedules but have rebelled against using them because I felt they were too restrictive. But the truth is, they allow for more productivity and direction. Not having a plan everyday only ensures I won’t accomplish much.

I’m only given one life to live. I don’t want to waste it by letting it whittle by.

A vase of camomiles against a background of blue walls

Simplify Food

Have you ever noticed the vast amount of food varieties at the grocery store? It can be so overwhelming, I don’t even know what to make most days because I don’t know how to navigate through the endless choices.

And honestly, most of the food on grocery store shelves aren’t healthy anyways due to all the junk they put it in it for various reasons: taste, texture, color, shelf longevity, etc. Much of it is not even food. 

I know how overwhelming switching to a more whole foods way of eating can be. But I’m also learning that if I narrow down our choices to a more simple menu, it makes planning that much easier. Who says we need to eat 30 different meals per month? I’ll be sharing these simplistic meal ideas and recipes in future posts.

Simplify Homeschooling

Homeschooling multiple children is no easy feat and I’m learning so much along the way. However, I thought it would be wise and beneficial to use different core curriculums with different children. I was very wrong. It is way to difficult to keep up with such an endeavor. Essentially, I’m teaching 4 different things to 4 different children rather then teaching them the same things, adapted for their level. My idea simply wasn’t a great one and sometimes you just don’t realize that until you try it. Sometimes, things look better in our mind, or even on paper, then in reality.

So, I will be simplifying in those areas but I also want to broaden our learning experience beyond books and pencil and paper. We will be learning notebooking techniques and using them, not only for learning purposes, but to also keep an ongoing record of their work. Something more tangible and consistent then we’ve been doing.

But we’ll also be venturing out more and focus on strengthening the gifts each of our children possess.

In the coming weeks and months, I will be sharing my goals and photos where applicable. I don’t just want to share my intentions, but my progress. Though I’ll be focusing on most areas simultaneously, I’ll be sharing them in intervals.

There are about 10 other bloggers who are doing this challenge along side me, each with slightly different goals. We want to invite you to join us! Think of 3-4 areas you could stand to simplify and make some goals to do so. Feel free to blog about it if you feel so lead. Sometimes that kind of accountability can really keep us motivated and moving forward.

Join the Community Pinterest Board

You can follow and join our Pinterest board to keep up with our latest progress and get inspired for new ideas.

If you are interested in joining the project, leave your Pinterest name in the comments and I will add you to the board by the end of the day.

You must make certain you are following the board or it will not allow me to add you to it. If you are not following the board, I cannot add you. {Pinterest won’t allow me to}.

**Please note, this is for pinning posts of your progress only. Any spam will be deleted and pinner will be removed after several offenses. We want a way to share progress, not spam.

However, we invite you to share tools or resources that are helping you along the way. Anything that will help our community simplify.

For more details on how you can join and be involved, click here.

What areas could you most use the simplicity?

Resources along the way:
{affil links}

The Confident Mom’s Daily Planner (FREE!)

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine

More or Less by Jeff Shinabarger

Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at-home Mom by Tricia Goyer


  1. I am right there with you. I want to get organized myself. I have 7 children and a hubby who all seem to not mind the clutter like I do. I want to simplify my time. It seems that the kids all have sports, school work, friends over, and by the time we can spend any time together I am beat.

  2. I’m so excited about the meal planning! I am overwhelmed with choices.

  3. Excited for this Christin!!! Over the past couple of weeks I’ve told myself that this next year is the year I simplify things. I was nodding in agreement as I read your post LOL Love LOVE this! Excited to keep up with what you ladies are doing with this challenge! :D

  4. God’s placed it on my heart to Parent on Purpose in 2014. My life needs purpose and simplification in homeschooling, house-tending, and personal expectations. I’d love to be a part of the board! My Pinterest name is MyDailyCrumbs.

  5. I feel like we need to be BFFs!
    Every year, I do a ‘theme/mantra’ that I follow. (past years have been ‘Letting Go’, ‘New Me’, ‘Go For It’) I decided that 2014 is my ‘Simplify’ year. As I’ve been searching Pinterest for quotes to help keep my mind focused on my goals, I found your board. Homeschooling 3 kiddos, eating at least 90% organically (and learning how to do our very 1st garden this year), decluttering all of our ‘extras/junk’, and remembering that I can say “no”, then sitting back, relaxing, and enjoying the gift of time that I’ve given myself/myfamily.
    So stoked!!

  6. williams4nc

  7. Please add me. I’m.bjbohnhoff on pinterest. Thanks!

  8. Sheena_leah on Pinterest This is a great resolution. I have several resolutions but I feel like they’re all related to simplify.

  9. Simplifying is something I have been feeling the need to do! Can’t wait to follow along. I’ve cliclednon the board to follow, so please add me I am wessk5 on pinterist. :)

  10. We’ve decided it’s time to simplify in most areas as well. It’s time I go back to a cleaning schedule … five years ago I had a wonderful one that worked … lately I’ve been winging it. It’s time to get back to it as it made life much easier and more simple. I’ve begun working on it since yesterday :-)

  11. Everyone has been added to this point. :)

  12. Add me to the board, please! Definitely hoping to simplify this next year!

  13. We’ve recently started this journey to simplify our life. We are building a new house that is smaller and we’ve started serious decluttering. The blog has an article about why she took away all her kids toys, and it really inspired us! We’ve taken away about 50% and every week are working on more. It’s made a huge difference already. Granted Christmas brought more stuff! My husband has been cleaning out our garage slowly, box by box. We have never parked a car in our garage the 11 years we’ve been together because it is so full of stuff!
    I could see how simplifying homeschool could help, but right now I have a 2nd grader and preschooler, so as they get older, I’ll look into doing like you said.
    Starting this week, my husband got on board to start the Paleo diet with me. I recently started it because I was having complications with my pregnancy.
    We are also working on our budget too. We’ve been doing cash only for awhile, but we haven’t been using our left over cash for paying off more debt. So we are working on using our surplus for that as opposed to buying more stuff or eating out (which is tough on the Paleo diet anyway).
    I hope I can get more great ideas from others here and hopefully help inspire others in the process too!

    • Oh yes, I love Ruth’s blog and loved her post! It inspired me to do the same right before Christmas. I look forward to sharing that project in the future here.

      We are simplifying our food intake so hopefully you can get some ideas for that as well. So glad to have you following along, Cheryl!

  14. Lisa Bernadette says:

    This is so perfect. Thank you for this idea. I sense major transformation. This is an anchor to a drowning woman.

  15. I have been craving more simplicity in my life! I started following the “Life: Simplified” board. Please add me – my Pinterest username is kellygibson14

  16. I so need to simplify my life. I am looking forward to organizing and getting rid of stuff. That is my main goal for this year. Simplify Home. My pinterest name is Michele Simmons (onelcheesehead). Thanks.

  17. I’m following! My Pinterest name is Anisa Taft.

  18. please add me to the board Brigette Chizek, thanks

  19. Love to join in. As a new SAHM to 3 under age 5 1/2 and just starting to homeschool..we need a simple daily routine or this is never going to work!

  20. Can’t wait to see what you have in Pinterest! Please add me: ashleydunn2003 Thx!

  21. I’m following and I am so excited. I would love to join my name is Chrissy Townsend.

  22. Robyn Bachman says:

    Great idea…simplifying! I started doing this last year before having major surgery.

  23. Tinamarie22

  24. I have a pretty good grasp on simplifying my home, but struggle in other areas (i.e. food and time). So excited to be joining you. My pinterest name is: MyWordsHisGlory. Thanks!

  25. There’s plenty I could simplify! I’ve been thinking about many of the same areas in my own life and “simplify” has been a word that has to come mind on more than one occasion. Looking forward to reading about your journey to simplify.

  26. Sharon Wong says:

    I’m following and would love to join! Pinterest user name: sharonwong1

  27. sounds like a great plan!
    Linda Gay

  28. Jennifer Zielinski says:

    I would love the chance to take control!

    I am following – Jennifer Zielinski

  29. Lisa Bernadette says:

    Please add me. My Pinterest name is Lisabernadette

  30. Really excited about this!! We have some of the same goals, and I can’t wait to see my ideas.

    Very excited also about your “simplify school” bit. I’ve heard from different people that each child needs different curriculum, and that is enough to make me want to cry with even two children. I’m glad to see you say that it’s OKAY to have a more uniform approach.

    Also looking forward to purging STUFF along with you!!

  31. Yes! Add me to the Pinterest board! I’m super excited about this. My family is moving in about four weeks and I’m excited about the opportunity to purge during the transition process. Homeschool, also, could use some major simplification.

    Thanks so much for doing this!

  32. petite99

  33. Add me. My pinterest name is Bless9ings. As we speak I am nursing a 9 week old and typing one handed. The last few years has gotten busier as we multiply. We just had our 10th child, but the two oldest are married and we have 3 grandchildren and one more on the way. I find myself going through different stages simultaneously. As things keep changing it is always nice to have fresh ideas! My biggest thing is decluttering and finding a place for everything. I also would love ideas on filing ideas off the internet for homeschooling and other types of filing. I have found some great ideas off pinterest, but it is expensive, so right now I am in the process of utilizing resources I already have on hand to do the same thing. There are so many other things I could list here, but I will start with that one.

  34. mom2rgd

  35. This sounds great! My Pinterest profile is:

  36. I want to join!!! I love that you are a home-schooler. This is my first year and I loved to be organized. I run a pretty tight ship around here, but my first year of teaching my daughter has overwhelmed me. haha.. 2014, my One Word is Simplify. :)

  37. Please add me! Kerry Corey Harvey

  38. Please add. Excited for this project.

  39. I went to Pinterest and “Followed” . My username is amy138. Thanks!

  40. Would love to be added to this in need of some simplicity and order..
    My Pinterest name is loglinmom

    Thank you again!

  41. Please add me! Can’t wait. My username is dannamills

  42. It’s kerrynhewson. You can find me here:


  43. My Pinterest name is “lfields74″ and I’d like to join if it’s not too late. :)

    On another note, I see that some people have cute names for their Pinterest profile. I’m pretty new to Pinterest. Can anyone tell me how to do that? I’d like to have it as my blog name.

  44. Taraleigh says:

    It’s Taraleigh. you can reach me at
    Thank you!

  45. I would love be be included in the site. I am in the middle of de cluttering and doing better then i thought i could. I find myself slipping back ay times and not even done with everything to begin with. Lol thanks for helping everyone. God bless You and Your works

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