My name is Amy Slenker-Smith. I’m a Christian, a wife to Steve and a mom to Zack. I love to declutter and simplify while also striving to live an intentional life.
I was very fortunate to grow up in a generous family where there were gifts for all the holidays and more was generally viewed as more. Understandably, this family of origin stayed with me into adulthood. After college, I started checking off all the boxes: marriage, career, new car, travel and buying a house. Then came the “Clutter Comment” which would be one of the catalysts for my desire to embrace a simpler lifestyle. The Clutter Comment rang loud again in my head when we had our son, because I really started paying attention to anything that robbed me of time with him. Reducing became more rewarding than organizing and within a few years, I was on a journey to live a simpler life.
My efforts were laser focused on decluttering, donating, minimizing, selling and sharing our abundance of stuff. There was joy in “sharing the wealth” and the realization that we did not need to own all this stuff. At the same time, I was devouring every minimalist book that I could get my hands on. The words of authors like Joshua Becker, Courtney Carver, Jen Hatmaker and The Minimalists, were so impactful and confirmed this new path that I was on. My journey went from stuff to other areas of over-consumption like schedules, kid’s activities, spending, purchases, media, health and even stress.
I realized that stress was high in my life. My schedule was jam packed with little margin and no work/life balance. Even my husband could see that my health and relationships were suffering. Eventually, recurring migraines forced me to see that I had to make a change. A change that would elevate two priorities: my health and a more-balanced-schedule. I learned to say no to obligations that were not in line with my values. As a family, we made exercise, healthy eating and relationships in our community a collective priority. After two years of planning and inspiration from this article, I made my most recent change to step away from a 19-year consulting career and launch “Simply Enough.”
Simply Enough is about more than helping you to declutter and organize your home. It’s about challenging you to live differently. Living simply means living with less but having so much more.