Simply Neutrals #41




Hello dears, a warm welcome to Simply Neutrals linky party!

Today I'm sharing a little bit more about my personal life. It's nice to get to know a little about each other, don't you think? (Although I will never share much of my private life online.)

Last week I mentioned that I'm decluttering. Again :) Actually I do not own a lot of stuff, especially not for an adult person living in Europe. All of my personal belongings fit in one bedroom (furniture included). But I have a deep desire to live a simplified life. I always had. It's a lifelong process of becoming more mindful, living a more sustainable and responsible life, and living with less stuff and less clutter both in my surroundings and in my head. Once in a while I have this urge to simplify drastically. When closets and mind have been cluttering up again, sneaky without me really noticing it.

While decluttering last week, I came across old photos I took when traveling by train and boat through Europe, about 20 years ago. The photos seen here are taken in Passau, Germany. I backpacked for a month through Germany and Austria. But I was hardly ever alone, because when backpacking you meet so many lovely and interesting people. This was my first time traveling alone. I was in my early twenties. Sweet memories :)

It was also one of those eye-opener times that I realized that I don't need much to live a happy life. I'm happy this way, living with very little. Although, "little" is relative here, because even though I own very little for an adult person in a so called rich country, I still "own" a lot more stuff than a whole lot of people in this world. And I am so fortunate that I can choose to live with little. So many people in this world never have this choice-opportunity.




How about you? Do you feel the need to declutter? If so, is it hard for you to do? Or may be you do not feel the need to declutter at all and find joy in gathering things around you, keeping them as treasures filled with happy memories? (I have that with things I find in nature and on beach combs!)

I'd love to hear your stories!


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FEATURE OF LAST WEEK


Dear Jutta shared with us last week on her blog Kreativ im Rentnerdasein photos of a beautiful mountain lake in the south of Germany. And since I very much love mountains (especially the European Alps where I travel a lot) and since I also shared photos of Germany, I really loved to share this beautiful photo by Jutta with you this week.


Schliersee Germany by Jutta K.


And now I long for the mountains again.

I love traveling in Germany, it's such a beautiful country! And it's our neighbor-country, we always travel through it when going to the mountains in Switzerland or Austria. So, thank you for sharing, Jutta, you brought back sweet memories of happy travels and dreams of many more to come!

Dear Jutta, here is your feature blog button if you like:




On to this week's party!




SIMPLY NEUTRALS #41




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xx Wen


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24 comments:

  1. Hello,
    I am very happy about the award and thank you ♥ very much!
    I am very happy about the award and thank you very much!
    We also love the mountains very much and spend our Jahresurlab always in the mountains.
    Especially we like to drive into the beautiful Allgäu in the Pfaffenwinkel.
    Here you can find a lot of information about it.
    http://www.lechbruck.de/
    All the best
    Jutta

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    1. Hello Jutta, you're so very welcome :) And thank you for the tip of Pfaffenwinkel/Lechbruck and the website! Actually we passed through the region last winter on our way to Austria for our ski-holiday. It really is a beautiful area, yes. I visited the area of the Neuschwanstein castle many years ago. Would love to visit again! Hugs xx

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  2. de week voor pasen heb ik (de hele week!) mijn hobbykamer opgeruimd. Het was daar een bijzonder grote puinhoop. Ik heb heel veel papier (kopietjes, patroontjes e.d.) naar de oud papier container gebracht. Ik heb alles een eigen plekje (laatje, box) gegeven en het is nu weer een heerlijke knutselplek waar ik alles bij de hand heb.

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    1. Oh heerlijk zeg! Lekker hè, zo lekker opgeruimd en meer ruimte ook. Het geeft zo veel rust en inspiratie vind ik altijd na zo'n grote opruimronde (en zelfs tijdens al). Heel veel plezier met je hernieuwde knutselplek meis! Knuf xx

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  3. I so enjoyed reading your post today and there is so much wisdom in your words! Decluttering always makes me happy and being aware that you have everything you need makes you very thankful for what you have 😀. I'm always drawn to architecture and buildings when I visit places and your photos are beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing the sweet memories of your backpacking adventures and wishing you a very happy Tuesday and week ahead! J 😊 x

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    1. Thank you so much dear Jo :) It's so true what you say here, decluttering really does that to you. I'm so much more aware of what I actually have and like you I'm so much more grateful for what I have! Big hugs and happy rest of the week, xx

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  4. You are lucky if you have managed to keep only as many things as they can fill a room including the furniture. I declutter all the time and lately this past one year I am giving away things but don't buy new ones. Or I try to keep in mind that if I buy one thing then three or more have to go. And it works fine with me so far. Yes I keep lots of things that have good memories on them from trips etc and these really are a big part of my living space. I wish I could manage better and get rid of more things. In future I will work better on that one.AriadnefromGreece!

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    1. Thank you for your sharing your experiences dear Ariadne. I love that you try to let go of three or more things when you buy one. And I absolutely understand why you keep the things that have good memories attached to them. My way of living with so little stuff is how I feel happy, but it doesn't naturally follow that it means everyone should live that way. No way, I hope I don't give that impression...? And to be honest, it took me years to get to this point but I've always desires this way of living. I share more on that on my other blog Love A Rustic Life. Big hugs xx

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  5. My dear Wen,
    such a lovely post from you- and the old photos from your life as backpacker .
    I admire that you are able to have belongings fitting into one room- and that you are able , to also declutter there.
    Oh I need to just do that,- but I am a collecter, of so many things, and I do not live a simple life when it comes to surrounding me wit so many things- I could certainly learn from you, dear friend.
    I will try managing to add to your beautiful Simply Neutrals tomorrow.
    Big hugs and love from Dorthe

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    1. Thank you sweetie :) I too by nature am a collector, so I know what you mean! And although collecting did make me happy for a while, it's just that I know that collecting stuff in the end does not make me happy. In the contrary. I feel stuck. But it might give joy to others, so I'm not suggesting that this is The Way to go. I still have the urge to collect things from nature and beach combs though. That's where I want to learn how to take in the beauty without always taking it home with me :) Big hugs xx

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  6. what lovely memories and photos. I spent lots of time and years traveling thru Europe and visiting my family in France- mostly when I was young and single and I must say those were about the best times of my life. As for decluttering both hubby and I are trying to get at it little by little. We're at that age where we may retire somewhere else and it's a scary thought realizing just how much we have accumulated in our home. Have a great week!

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    1. Hello dear Linda, thank you for sharing you experiences! It's exactly as you say, the thought of having to move all the stuff is a good motivator to start decluttering :) It might well be one of the reasons why I felt the urge to declutter, because I moved houses a lot. I got fed up of having to deal with all the stuff every time. And I got these boxes that never got unpacked and just moved unopened to the next house, and the next one. It's ridiculous haha! Wishing you a great rest of the week too! Hugs xx

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  7. Lovely photo's Wen! Thank you for sharing. I enjoy stopping in on Tuesdays ++
    Have a great rest of the week~ Hugs, karen o

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    1. Thank you sweetie :) Wishing you a great rest of the week too! Hugs xx

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  8. What a beautiful read Wen and to share a little piece of you with us all I know that is something I find difficult to do being at times a little too private. I would love to live a simple de-cluttered life but still having two of my three (adult) children living at home I have to live with their chaos around me, so find that no room is my own to gather my memento's and arty things. I think if I had pencil, wire, needle and thread I could be very creatively content..
    Every thankful to Dorthe for introducing me to your beautiful blog, I hope to share a little piece of my creativity with you very soon.
    Creative wishes Tracey x

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    1. Hello Tracey, how wonderful to see you here, thank you for taking the time to visit me and leaving a sweet comment! Like you I too hesitate to share of my private life online. But somehow this topic I didn't find that difficult to share. May be also because I know so many people share the same experience and are going through a similar process. About decluttering while living with others (kids, husband, or others), yes I totally get what you mean. What I'm talking about here in my post is just addressing my own personal belongings, not those of anyone else in this house. That is a whole different story and one way more precarious than dealing with our own stuff :)
      Wishing you a beautiful day!
      Hugs xx

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  9. Love your pictures from your trip. I have always been the kind of person that had a hard time throwing or giving things away, but in this past year I have had more of an urge to get rid of things that I haven't used in some time, I hope I actually get to it soon.

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    1. Thank you dear :) Yes me too! I found it so hard at first! But once you get going... Good luck with your journey! Hugs xx

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  10. Wen, You are amazing to fit all your possessions into one room. I am the opposite! I have reflected in depth on this topic in my blogpost. I had a draft written ages ago, but didn't have the courage to publish it, so I have thought some more, re-edited several times and taken the courage to publish it!!! I do agree with your positive attitude towards the environment - I always try to re-use and re-purpose stuff to give it another life. Some of my creative time is spent on rearranging and making new vignettes in my house, but this brings great pleasure, so I don't mind. I'm sure as I get older and the need to down-size gets closer, I will need to let go of more, but I do my best to let go of some stuff with occasional garage sales and donations to charity shops. Funny, I often have a use for the very thing I disposed of in the next month!!! One thing I am trying to cut down on is all the children's artworks, cards and mementos - I am photographing them all and only keeping the very special ones. Then I will have the problem of back-up drives! LOL! It's much easier to find on the computer if it's organised well. I can imagine if you have less possessions you have a clearer mind. Less dusting, less remembering where you put that thing...

    Happy decluttering, Wen.

    Hugs from Jesse

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    1. Hello sweetie, thank you so much for sharing your personal experience! I started reading your story on your blog, but truth is I should really be off to bed now, I have a busy day ahead of me tomorrow. But I already saw from the first part that I absolutely love your story and am happy you shared it! I will get back to it later this week, I promise.
      And so funny yes I too had some times that I had a use for the very thing I disposed of just a little while before :) Oh well.
      For now, wishing you a beautiful day and till soon on your blog!
      Big hugs xx

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  11. Wonderful post dear Wen! I don't have so much since I moved so many times in my life already. But I also have to declutter from time to time... at least my hoarded things I collect for crafting- mostly discarded things from others or from packaging that I will never find the time to craft with them...lol!
    I love Passau, it's a beautiful city! I live in a part of Austria now where no mountains are, in the north-east. But I love that we have so many woods here in "Quater Forest"
    hugs, Susi

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    1. Thank you dear Susi :) Yes that's one of the reasons I needed to declutter, I realize now: I too moved so many times already and was fed up with moving all that stuff again and again. And oh yes, the packaging trap... I just threw away a lot of these, I did not use them nor will I probably ever use them! May be a rule would be helpful here. I'm just now making this up: why not set as a rule that if we keep packaging we should use it right then and there or else it has to go. Would that work? :)
      Big hugs xx

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  12. Ah, the perils of 'too much stuff' - how well I know it. I was raised by parents who came through the depression and saved everything, just in case it would come in handy. When my mom passed away we moved my dad in with us, which meant we had to combine two households into one. That was a hugely massive chore. When my dad died we decided that we no longer needed a house and a large garage (stuff!) and moved into a two-bedroom apartment. The downsizing was painful but so therapeutic. I know I still have too much in the way of 'stuff' but I keep reminding myself that our kids will have to deal with it when we're gone and I truly don't want to put them through what I (an only child) dealt with from my parents. Periodically I go on a slimming program with my stuff but it manages to creep back in if I'm not constantly on top of things.

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    1. Oh gosh yes, I know exactly what you mean. Both what you share about your parents saving things just in case, and your story about when your parents passed away and the massive chore of going through their stuff. The first I experienced myself and the second I have seen my mom having to go through. And seeing first hand all the struggles that come with that, I like you decided that I didn't want anyone have to deal with my stuff when I'm dead.
      Downsizing really is therapeutic yes!
      Good luck with your own process of periodically going on a slimming program!
      Hugs xx

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Thank you so much for leaving me a sweet message, I love reading your comments. Hugs and happy day to you! xx Wen