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I can’t decide if I’m getting wiser as I get older or I’m just lazy.

While I was cleaning out the fountain, I started thinking.

It’s great to have all this outdoor space,

but with all the chotskies sitting around,

everything gets dirty, dusty, pollen filled, yada yada yada.

So I removed a bunch of stuff and it feels much better.

I don’t want to clean, I want to relax ๐Ÿ™‚

So we lit the candles Friday night,

and we sat around

enjoyed a drink or two,

and just enjoyed the view.

I think I’ll minimize some more and buy some long lasting candles ๐Ÿ™‚

What are you doing less of?


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  1. I love your back porch! So inviting and all ready for fall! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Oh….I would stay out there foreva!! less cleaning means more relaxing!! enjoy ! thanks you for sharing at uncommon! featuring this on out FB page today Debbie! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Your porch ( And your home..I took the tour ) are absolutely lovely!

  4. Here~Here!
    It all looks great, but if ya don’t have a maid… you need to think about maintenance!
    I would rather enjoy life a little then constantly be cleaning.
    I have simplified, but ti’s hard, because I want the “look” too.
    I am always struggling for balance in that area.

  5. I am behind on everything this June. Blog reading and relaxing – both of which I want to do more of, not less. Maybe if I came to your patio I could accomplish those things?


  6. wow! what a view! who wouldn’t want to relax on that porch? ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s lovely, cozy, and very inviting.
    what am I doing less of? relaxing…..I’ve been really busy lately, not going to slow down until after Haven. Lots to do before I go.


  7. Oh I hear ya! Less is more in my old age. Love, love the view. To me, all you really need is a chair, a drink and that view!

  8. Love this! I am so over too many outdoor “chotskies too.” I don’t like all the cleaning either. My front porch decor is very limited this year. I pulled a lot off of the back porch early this spring and have left if that way. I’ve changed out a few things with a few new decor but not added too. My husband was thrilled when I didn’t put much back out there so I’m really trying to keep it scaled back and enjoying it much more!

  9. With a view like yours, I would want to sit there and relax all day (and night!) I did some major cleaning of our front porch a few days ago and cleaned all those little decorative things. Haven’t put them all back yet and may not. I’m with you. Sometimes less is more (except when it comes to wine!)

  10. I love your porch, Debbie. It has a very relaxing feel. I find I’m much more relaxed in a minimal environment. I’m working on creating my own back porch paradise. I’m going to be pinning some of your photos to my patios and porches board for inspiration.

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  11. Just beautiful Debbie. I love your view and I would never tire of it! You surely do need to sit and relax!

  12. I think you’ve got the right idea, Debbie. Time to relax and enjoy that pretty porch & never mind cleaning it. Less is more, right? Now if only I could take my own advice! lol

  13. Your back porch is delightful! What a wonderful view.

  14. Less cleaning and cooking! More relaxing and cocktailing! I’m with you – and your porch looks fantastic!

  15. Well, today, it’s been less of just about everything! But I’m with you — I’m starting to plant hardier plants, streamline the cleaning, etc. Hope you were able to enjoy your beautiful porch!
    xo Heidi

  16. It’s a constant battle to freshen up a space and then figure out what to do with the old. It doesn’t help that my Mother, in her attempts to downsize. keeps giving me stuff that she inherited from all the greats and the grands! I need a museum room now! Your space looks so lovely and inviting! Good job freshening it all up!!

  17. Beautiful view! I totally understand! I’m kinda sick of “stuff” too… but maybe if I got new or new-to-me stuff…I digress ๐Ÿ™‚ LOL

  18. I’m with you in that less is more. I’ve been purging and saving and now need to pull the trigger and get that yard sale going …



  19. And, what a view that is !! I love your outdoor space, Debbie! And, while I love “chotskies” too, it’s NOT fun to have to constantly clean the ones we place outside. Blech. Your refreshed look is beautiful … glad that enjoyed a wonderful weekend out there, too!

  20. I’m with you! Who wants to dust the porch? You have such a beautiful view of your porch. Sit back and enjoy it.

  21. If I had that view from my porch – all i would do is relax! Your brick is beautiful – I want to come over for coffee.

  22. I don’t think I would ever leave your back porch with your beautiful view! Just beautiful!

  23. I feel the same way; I’d rather be enjoying myself than cleaning. We’re downsizing our lives so that we have less to take care, which will allow us more free time to do the things we want to do. BTW, your view is fabulous and your outdoor area is so inviting. What time should I stop by? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  24. Your porch is so beautiful Debbie! I still love your monogrammed planter and remember when you did that. It’s funny that you talked about minimizing because I was redoing my mantel yesterday and had it all filled up and then stepped back, took a look and started removing things! I don’t know why but I just needed it to be simplified. It was nice to actually see some of the wood! LOL! We must be kindred spirits my friend! ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Your back porch is lovely! Mine is tiny, so I don’t have room to put anything out there except our “Big Green Egg”, and a rubbermaid box (so chic, right? LOL) filled with the supplies for the grill.

    I agree with you about “less is more”, though!

    Have a wonderful week!

  26. so pretty out there! i think i will be minimzing around here… i need to fill up a barn space now and think i may just shop my home for next month’s sale because i am feeling the need to de-clutter. ๐Ÿ™‚

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