I like this explanation from Wikipedia. Simplicity is the state or quality of being simple. It usually relates to the burden which a thing puts on someone trying to explain or understand it.
I also believe it relates to the amount of things and to the clutter both physical and non physical in our lives.
I like my "things" and as I gather them around me I feel comfortable.
Something as simple as a quilt in my reading corner can make me feel safe and comforted.
But, I also know that for me there is a line between simplicity and clutter. When there is too much I begin to lose my sense of peace.
This is what the top of my desk has looked like for the last couple of weeks.
For someone who deals in vintage and antiques and has limited space, dealing with all of the extras is something I have to learn to incorporate into my life.
A basket full of pretty linens, that are waiting to be sold, is something I can live with.
That messy desktop isn't. So I will begin to sort today, knowing that when it is once again clean, the simplicity will bring me serenity.
The pursuit of the simple life goes on.