This holiday season was truly jam-packed for us! Nearly every day, from Thanksgiving through the end of December was filled to the brim with work, travel, holidays, a wedding, friends, and family. Every day was fun, but crazy busy. Crazy busy tends to bit a bit stressful for me, no matter how much fun I’m having. Which is why, at the end of every December, I find myself longing for normalcy, for routine, and for simplicity.
This year, more than ever, I could see that need reflected back at me in my girls. Every day was full for them this year, too. So many new experiences, sights, sounds, and tastes. It was just magical to see them exploring, but I could also see that they were wearing down and needing to return to their norm. Their simple little world needed to be restored just like mine did.
We began our new year by packing away our Christmas decorations, deep cleaning the house, purging the things we no longer need, and finally folding and putting away the mountains of laundry we never seemed to find the time to deal with during all the chaos of the holidays. It felt deeply restorative, getting back to routine and simplicity. The girls began to sleep better (which was a HUGE issue the whole month, due to erratic bedtimes), there were fewer tantrums, and they were just back to their normal happy selves.
I think that’s the thing with simplicity, sometimes it takes a bit of chaos to really appreciate it. The simple things are quiet and subtle, easily eclipsed by the shiny, loud, and chaotic times in life. But it’s those times that are exactly what it takes to remind us how much the simple and peaceful things in our lives, like quiet evenings at home, daily tasks, and routines matter and make us happy.
Now, I’m making a point to really try enjoy and relax in my daily routines, big and small. Remembering how much I miss my simple life and simple routines when they’re not there.
Don’t take simplicity for granted. It’s the best!