Becoming “Almost Amish”

Becoming Almost Amish: A series exploring simplicity

I’ve learned in the last few years that I do better with less. Less possessions, less commitments, less expectations of myself (which is ironically the exact opposite of what culture tells us). I think I first realized it when we downsized from a 1,400 sq ft apartment to a 1,000 sq ft house (going from TWO walk in closets to one tiny closet was a big challenge). Not long after that, I went from working 40 hours a week to being a stay at home wifey. I stepped back from many things to work on my health, and I started to feel much better!

So last summer I jumped on the Japanese decluttering bandwagon and KonMari-ed our house. Even though I never quite hit our “sweet spot,” I felt like I could breathe and I began to enjoy getting rid of things that I had been holding onto for no reason. But it’s amazing how quickly things can accumulate again (especially when you’re getting ready to welcome a baby into your home!). I also felt the creep in other areas of my life—like social media usage and other things that drain my time unnecessarily.

This summer I embarked on a Bible Study with the gals in my home group called Breathe, which happened to be about creating margin in your life. I began to get re-inspired to pursue minimalism (both in physical objects and activities to fill my time), so I picked up quite a few books on the simple life at the library. My all time favorites had to do with studying the Amish way of life, and even though I don’t intend to go full on Amish, their simple, sustainable lifestyle really appeals to me. So I thought I would start a little series based off Nancy Sleeth’s book Almost Amish: One Woman’s Quest for a Slower, Simpler, More Sustainable Life. We’ll explore 10 Amish Principles to Live By and what that looks like (or I hope to have that look like) in my life!

Apparently I’m not the only one who’s been thinking about simplicity, as these two articles made their rounds on the internet this week:

How Getting Rid of Stuff Saved my Motherhood

Downsizing is a Spiritual Exercise

We’ll start the series next week by exploring the first Amish principle: the home, the center of our lives.

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