Going through the careful process of packing for vacation this year opened my eyes a little more to the benefits of simplicity. I refused to bring along anything that I didn’t think would get used at least twice, except for everyone’s church outfit. And I tried to make sure that we brought the minimum we needed to get through the week without sacrificing fun. (It IS vacation, after all!)
But having only the minimum here means that cleanup is easy and clutter is lessened.
It makes me wonder: can I achieve the same thing at home?
I don’t know if it’s because we’re away from home, away from the usual and familiar, or because we often go on vacation during this last week in August and my mind is naturally in “new school year” mode, which is even more of a spur to me to get organized and get a fresh start than January 1 is, but I often spend a good amount of quiet time on vacation with my planner, making charts, making plans, thinking out routines.
I hope the same momentum stays with me when we go home.