At some point, many years ago, I purchased the above sign in a home decor store of some sort. It is metal. The letters are raised off the surface from where they once lived, before they were cut out by some tool or process. I bought it because I found it beautiful. I bought it because I thought it would be a constant reminder of my goal to clear my mind and my home of unnecessary things.
I found this sign buried under several other things in an old laundry basket as I attempted to declutter my garage two weeks ago. It had gone from the wall of my home office, to that basket, a little over 3 years ago when my youngest son was born. My home office became my older son’s room, and a corner of the “play room” became my office. This was all sacrificed willingly, for the most part.
I realized that this dirty, forgotten piece of wall art had ironically suffered the loss of simplicity that our home has gone through over the past few years of having two young and wonderful sons. The sign is still beautiful. It has spots of paint and chips in its finish from being passed around the garage as we shifted to find free space for things that made the same trip from inside the house. We started a “declutter” project as part of some work being done in our home and we’ve donated a few SUV-loads full of baby toys, clothes and other random items. It feels so good to rid yourself of unnecessary things.
This sign will not be getting donated. This sign is going to get a good cleaning and a prominent spot on a wall inside our home. It will resume its mission to provide us with the reminder to acquire less, and have a more full life in the process.