Less is More

I’m writing this while sitting in my wreck of an eating nook, made a wreck by the fact that we are working on painting our kitchen walls and cabinets, which if you have ever done this yourself with young children at home, you know you can’t do it during the day, you must do it mostly at night, and so I’m also dead tired. The good news is that my kitchen isn’t really functional during this makeover, so I’m taking the night off from cooking!

It’s the start of the new year…well three days in. I have thought about goals for 2012 since the start of the fall. My overarching theme is that I want more with less. It starts with the idea that we, The Doyles, simply have too much stuff. It’s a constant battle, figuring out where to put this or that in our small house. I like our small house, and quite frankly, when we do make the plunge in the next few years to buying another home, we’ll probably stick with something relatively small…but for now, I just want a place for every “thing”. So, I have to stop buying stuff. Eliminating the physical noise from our environment so that we are better able to concentrate. My first new leaf, is to acquire less goods that are not totally necessary, and in an effort to save money and be a good shepherd of the earth, I will also be endeavoring to buy things we need, used. For me this is two fold though, in keeping with my political philosophies, that we have bought into the consumer driven economy that somehow has us, Americans, believing that we need it all. When really, the “all”, is the driving force behind what makes so many of us so unhappy, and then on prozac or something. yadda. Less is more, and when the less is necessary buy it locally, fair trade, used, up cycled, and so forth. Less is more.

The other new leaf that I have been turning since the fall, is less T.V. and more books. I’ll confess that I went through a pretty long period of reality T.V. watching, including Jersey Shore, and The Real Housewives of wherever the hell they have way too much money to spend. I’ll admit, it made me feel great about my own life. Those people are sad. I haven’t, cut T.V. I like it. I’ll continue to follow The Biggest Loser (except of course if the new season is anything like last season, because that was a waste of time) And of course, the nightly MSNBC lineup, and whatever show I am currently addicted to on Netflix. Reading more is a high priority. I have read I think 10 books since Annie was born, 9 of them have been in the last two months.

Well, since I had to write this over two days, I can now also show progress pics of the kitchen.
kitchen painted

My kitchen is soooo small. And of course, the cabinet doors aren’t back on yet. But, the walls are painted, the doors are painted, and we are one step closer to loving our home so much we won’t want to ever move.

Also, Cute Charlotte, when we Painted Cookies
Charlotte

And Cute Annie, I think helping me make something chocolate based?
Annie

And the two of them, “playing” at Christmas time.
Annie and Charlie

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About Midge

Stay at home mom/goddess, with a part time job as an events planner/fundraiser/outreach educator/whateverthehellmydepartmentwantsmetodo at BOCES Youth Development Department! I love my kids, I love to cook, I love to use social media, I love to drink, I love to eat, I would love to be a knitter, I need to read more, and I LOVE to work out!
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One Response to Less is More

  1. kerry barnes says:

    I swear you got Annie out of the pages of a classic children’s book. She honestly just looks like a character someone created! (I mean this in a good way.) And how much do I love those sneakers she’s wearing under that red dress. Your kid is so cool she makes me want to write a children’s book with her as the main character just so I could see how she’d look illustrated.
    And Charlotte of course, is simply beautiful. 🙂
    And anytime you want some new books, come on over! I love sharing books I’ve loved. They’re traditional books, though, since I don’t have a fancy whosywhatsit reader (yet) but you’re welcome to browse anytime. No late fees.

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