Do you Wabi Sabi? . . .The art of finding beauty in imperfection. . . simple. . .uncluttered. . .natural. . .less is more. . . .
I was introduced to the concept several years ago. . . .My first thought was that I'd been doing the imperfection thing for years. . . .What I needed to work on was the simple, uncluttered aspect of the art. . . .This was almost three years ago (has it been that long?) . . .I've referred to it over and over at The Country Farm Home as desiring to 'simplify'.
I continue to work on it to this day. . . .Change doesn't come easy for me, especially when I love thrifting and junking so much!
I do take heart, though, that Wabi Sabi isn't a one time deal. . . .It's a continuous process. . . . Clean out. . . .and clean out again. . . .I can do that. . . .for I rarely feel I've reached the true state of simplicity that I desire. . . .There seems to be more clean out to be done each time I try. . . .No matter how much I scaled down, I've felt it's not quite that place of peace--that place that feels right.
One day recently I found myself cleaning the bath, pushing around all the accumulated 'stuff' that we seem to acquire during the winter. . . .It's so much easier to stack things up and forget about storing them until spring. . . .Can you relate? . . .Normally, I can ignore it--but that day I had 'had it!' . . .I was tired of winter--I was tired of 'stuff' all around us. . . .I threw open the shutters, let the sun shine in, and rolled up my sleeves. . . .Anything that wasn't bolted down came out of there. . . .a clean slate.
Then I made the mistake (?) of opening the closet doors, where the washer and dryer are hidden. . . .and where there are lots of shelves. . . .To my dismay, it was a mess, too. . . .Couldn't find the simplest thing. . . ."Okay. . . . If I'm gonna do this right, the closet has to be Wabi Sabi-ed, too!". . . .I'd officially opened a can of worms.
Took me two and a half days to clean out shelves and organize and put the bath back together. . . .What a mess it was! . . .At one point I only had a clear path to the 'necessary'. . . .
Once completed, I loved it. . . .I loved the 'unclutter' . . . .I loved the shutters open and the sun shining in. . . .I loved the geraniums in the window leading the eye to the outdoors. . . .I loved the blue mason jars for storage. . . .I loved the imperfection and simplicity of it all. . . .I was so glad I stuck with the Wabi Sabi goal.
At the end of the third day, I stood back and said out loud. . . .
'Now, THAT'S a Simple Farmhouse Bath!'
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. . .from my farmhouse to yours. . .