Monday, February 12, 2018


  If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life. Qu-men

Many people, when thinking  of simplifying their lives, think about de-cluttering, downsizing, and getting organized. And those are, in fact, activities related to living simply. But one thing that is sometimes overlooked is how our "minds" and "thoughts" play a very important part in this whole endeavor. 

You see, everything begins in the mind. Your thoughts create your life in almost a literal sense. Since your thoughts create your life, if your thoughts are unfocused and directionless, then your life will be also. Don't let your thoughts be clouded by unnecessary things. If in the past you made impulse purchases and now choose to make "experiences" a bigger priority over "buying more stuff", you would now need to be intentional in your thinking. You would have to learn to keep your thoughts focused on this issue and train your mind to think differently.

The best way to be focused in this way is to practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is simply the ability to pay attention to what is happening in the moment. Your thoughts and attention need to be laser focused on that moment in time. So instead of purchasing something without truly thinking about it, you would mindfully be aware of your intention to make "things" less important, and not just purchase on impulse.

But you first need to know what your "intentions" are. What is it you want to change? What would  a "Simple Lifestyle" look like to you? 

For this you'll need a notebook in which to write down a description of your "Simple Life". Describe it in detail, using the present tense, and include the following areas:


1) Decrease Your Activities

2) Declutter Your Mind

3) Declutter Your Stuff

4) Decrease Your Spending

5) Downsize Your Spaces

6) Determine Your Relationships

To help you clarify this life, ask yourself questions:

Do I desire a clutter-free home?
Do I need to clear some space on my calendar?
Do I want to be less busy?
Do I want to be intentional in how I spend my time?
What are some things that are important to me that I want to keep in my life?
What people in my life do I need to spend more time with?
What are my favorite things to do?
What are some things I'm doing I would like to let go of?
Do I need to get rid of some unnecessary items that are just taking up space?
Do I want to be more mindful of how I'm living?

The answers to these questions will help you to focus and give clarity to what steps you will need to take to live the simple life you want. Ann Voskamp, a Blogger, says, "Simplicity is ultimately a matter of focus".  So what are you waiting for? Your "Life Of Simplicity" is waiting for you!


Sunday, February 11, 2018


                                            Living Simply is enjoying a beautiful sunset!

To begin creating your Simple Lifestyle, think about the following thoughts about what Living Simply means to you.

Begin by asking yourself, "What is simple living to me?" Listed below are a few ways to think about Living Simply:

Living Simply is...

...Creating a life that embraces the essentials

...Focusing on life's priorities

...Eliminating life's non-essentials

...Creating a life where there's room to breathe

...Doing "one thing" and doing it well

...Living Wisely

...Finding JOY in the common every  day activities of every day living

...Creating space for divine interventions

...Living in the moment

...Having an uncluttered mind

...Finding joy in simple pleasures

...A gift you give yourself---mind, body, and spirit

...Creating a home filled with simple beauty

 Do any of these thoughts ring true to you? Any that you'd like to create in your life? You can have all of the above if you act intentionally to create Simplicity in your life. This blog will show you how to have these treasures in your life and find them in simple ways.

I realize that busy people can seem overwhelmed with change because it might seem like added work to your already busy schedule. But stay tuned to this blog and I'll show you it can be done and just how to do it.

I'd love to hear your feedback on some things you'd like to create in your life to achieve this Life Of Simplicity. What are your needs? What are your questions? I'll attempt to answer them in following blog posts.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 11, 2017


So I'm back after a long break and have decided to make a bit of a change in the subject of this blog and keep it going. Though the blog will encompass what I began with, A Well Ordered Life, I will focus more on Living Simply. I don't know if I can officially make this name change but I'll be checking on that. Since living simply goes along with a "well ordered life" I decided not to begin another blog, but to get this one going again.

Living Simply requires being orderly in your life and as I pursued a simpler lifestyle, I realized that this was an overarching theme of living well and living an orderly life. It also seemed to be a popular topic these days so I decided to combine all my ideas on this blog and get it up and running again.

I hope those of you who had joined me previously will follow along!

Currently I am writing an e-book about Living Simply. I will keep you posted as to when it will be completed.

As I have pursued a simpler lifestyle in my own life and have been studying at length new ideas and ways to do that, I really wanted to share all that I have learned and experienced in the last several years. ( Yikes! I hope it hasn't been years since I began this blog! )But it all goes along with living a well ordered and balanced life.

So on with Ten Reasons To Live Simply:

1) Increased Serenity
2)  A Calmer Home Atmosphere
3) More  Joy
4) More  Peace
5)  Increased Creativity
6)  Better Relationships
7)  More Time for Relaxation
8)  More Time for the Important Things
9) Less Stress
10) Better Able to Live In the Moment

Each ONE is reason enough to want to live a simpler lifestyle! But ALL TEN?!? Who wouldn't want to have these in their lives? And it IS possible... if you set "living simply" as a goal in your life!

It is really kind of magical! And while it ALL doesn't happen all at once, even taking some small steps in that direction, can begin to make a difference in your life. And then it becomes a lifestyle and journey where the gifts mentioned above appear more and more as a part of your life.

I want to help you begin this journey towards living a simpler lifestyle in order to enjoy more of these gifts in your life. I hope you'll join me!

Friday, December 28, 2012


While I've taken a break from keeping up this blog, I decided to pop on over and invite anyone who happens along here and all my former followers to a workshop entitled, LIVE YOUR DREAM LIFE NOW!. Who wouldn't want to live their "dream life", right?

I'll be posting this FREE workshop every Monday for 8 weeks beginning on January 7th. For details see my November 26th post on Hob Nobbers.

Anyone can just follow along but I would love it if you would let me know you are taking the course by e-mailing me @ I'll be sending out reminders and a bit of information via e-mail.

Feel free to pass on this invitation through your blog as well.

New Year's resolutions are OK but it's more fun to create the life you've imagined! So check out this course and sign up NOW!

See you on January 7th!
Sandy ; )

Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Thanks for stopping by! I am currently not keeping this blog updated. ; (

 I would love to have you visit my MAIN blog at Hob Nobbers.  I have too many ideas and not enough time so I'm sticking to the one blog for now!

Thanks so much!


Monday, July 16, 2012


Granddaughters arriving for Gramma Camp.
Teaching grandson to play golf.
Just as important as organizing the spaces of your home, is planning fun events in your life. This IS, afterall, a blog about "A Well Ordered LIFE" which includes ordering and planning the FUN!  I find that if I don't plan things, they won't "just happen". For example, at the end of one summer I found myself thinking, " We never went on an old fashioned picnic!" The grandkids were busy with Mission Trips, Vacation Bible School, camping out, swimming lessons etc. The guys golfed on their days off, vacations were taken, and EVERY YEAR I think about going on a simple  picnic, but one year didn't actually PLAN one! What's a summer without an old fashioned family picnic? Oh sure, we had LOTS of family gatherings where we grilled out and ate together. But a picnic where we'd go to a favorite spot... to eat outside... on a picnic table...we did not do. I simply forgot to put it on the "planning schedule". Have you ever had something YOU wanted to do but it didn't happen due to lack of planning?

Learning to make felted soap
I can be spontaneous, but mainly  I'm a BIG PLANNER. So every summer I come up with a "Summer Plan". I take out the calendar for June, July, and August and begin mapping out SUMMER FUN! That might include weddings to go to, my husband's golf get-away, vacations, reunions, etc. It's a bit different now that our kids are married and out of the house. But "Gramma and Grampa" still need to have some fun!

One of the things we started doing when our grandkids were old enough was to hold "Gramma Camp" for a week in the summer. Gramma plans the fun and Grampa is the "assistant" and just does what he is told.  ;)  The grandkids stay overnight for a week and we plan fun things to do every day! We have a theme for the week, take day trips, make crafts, learn new things, etc. The grandkids look forward to it every summer. During the week we take pictures of the fun and we put it together in a real hardcover book through Shutterfly. If you haven't made a book through Shutterfly, you should check it out! You can have books of memories to keep forever. Now that the grandkids are older and know how to use the computer better than I do, they put it together themselves. They even put in a dedication page including a photo of the dedication recipient. One year it was dedicated to their little baby brother who was too young to come to Gramma Camp. Another year it was their parents. Just putting together the book itself is an fun activity for them during the week. Gramma Camp helps us create memories that will last a lifetime.

We also try to plan "day trips" to see things that are close enough to drive to, enjoy, and get back before the day is over. I also include in our Summer Fun time, some days to just stay at home and read those books I wanted to get through. Summer "exercise" is another thing I plan because, trust me, if I don't plan it, I won't do it! I still include it under the "fun" category to fool myself into thinking it's fun.

Maybe there are fun things that YOU"D like to do in the summer months but need to plan. How about that sewing project you've wanted to complete. Or that camping trip you've always wanted to take. Or maybe just a bike ride each week. Whatever fun you want to have in the summer, make sure you plan intentionally as to when and how you will make it happen. Get out your bucket list and decide to be able to cross some things off this summer.

Have fun drawing up your SUMMER CALENDAR OF FUN and then get busy planning it! You'll never regret making a decision to do this planning but you JUST may regret not doing those things you've always wanted to do but  just let time get away with you and NOT doing them.


Monday, July 9, 2012


So I'm continuing on organizing a drawer or part of a closet in 30 minute spurts of time during the summer. It is still working great! Each shelf or drawer completed motivates me even more. You'll see a few of the pantry shelves here...I'm fortunate to have a large walk-in pantry. I lined each shelf with a covering that can be taken off and washed. The red baskets are filled with paper goods ( plates, cups, etc ). And I finally found a place for my cookbooks that are accessible but off the kitchen counters.
The biggest bonus in organizing the kitchen and pantry drawers this summer has been  that it has motivated me to do more cooking and baking and even more importantly.... helping me to LOVE cooking and baking! In fact, I just made four loaves of Sour Cream Banana Bread!

 If you have been one who would love to bake or cook more often but find yourself putting it off, you might want to try getting your kitchen better organized! It makes a WORLD of difference!

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