Over the past two years I’ve been trying to simplify my life.

Okay, I’ve been talking about that sort of simplification for a long time but after being downsized in 2009, I’ve had more incentive to actually follow through on this goal.

Here is an image I created at Polyvor to represent the kind of area in my house that would add the kind simplicity and serenity I’m seeking.

Ready to Create

I’m sure that with a place like this I could think great thoughts, write great stories, create interesting projects.

The problem is: even though I’m getting rid of a lot of “stuff”, I’m also accumulating other things to replace it.

But I’m getting better, I’ve learned there are some stores it simply isn’t safe for me to spend over ten or fifteen minutes browing. Plant nurseries, hardware stores, craft stores and thrift stores would top that list. I love spending time in each of these places but find that, given too much shopping time, I come away with a lot of impulse purchases that find their way into various storage boxes in the hope I will complete those projects I visualized.

Right now, I have a bunch of projects in progress and the clutter is beginning to disturb me.

So, this week my goal is to do some house cleaning–oh the horror–and simplify my space.

Maybe this will also eliminate some of the static in my mind that is interfering with my writing.

I’ll let  you know how this works out.





About Sharon K Owen

I am a fiction writer, a university professor, a copy editor and an online writing teacher. My first Romantic Suspense: Thicker Than Water (Brands Crossing Series) was published in 2011 and the second book in the series, Whatever Goes Around, will be published in 2016. My short stories and poetry have been published in Descant, Concho River Review, Iron Horse, American Literary Review, Trinity Writer's Workshop newsletter and collections of Christmas stories. I am blessed with a loving, supportive family, a multitude of friends and the good fortune to share a cozy sanctuary in North Texas with my two cats (Matt and Cinders).

Posted on September 25, 2011, in Home and Garden, The Upside of Downsizing, Writing and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Good luck with de-cluttering. If we don’t hear from you, we’ll send out a search party.

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