The Beauty of Simplicity

One of the reasons I am embarking on this experiment is the notion of Simplicity.  Several years ago I took a few days off work and went to Park City by myself to do some thinking.  One of the books I read was The Simple Living Guide: A Sourcebook for Less Stressful, More Joyful Living.  From what I remember, this is an amazing book that touched a nerve about my consumption fueled life-style.  I don't know how I got so far away from knowing I wanted things to be less cluttered but I'm going to try and find my copy in my vast library and dust it off. 

The definition from Wikipedia: Simplicity is the property, condition, or quality of being simple or un-combined. It often denotes beauty, purity or clarity. Simple things are usually easier to explain and understand than complicated ones. Simplicity can mean freedom from hardship, effort or confusion. It may also refer to a simple living lifestyle.

I especially like the part that says simplicity can mean "freedom from hardship, effort or confusion." Doesn't everyone want that? 

As I've stated before, I won't ever be someone who will want to, or even probably can accomplish what some people do in terms of downsizing.  My goal is to seek a BALANCE.  While searching on Amazon I found this book, The Simple Home: The Luxury of Enough (American Institute Architects), and in keeping with my experiment, placed it on hold at my local library. Looks like a lovely find with lots of pictures, can't wait to get it.