It’s funny when you begin to sense a theme in your life.
Mine has been: GET RID OF THE CLUTTER.
I am tackling the physical clutter and hoping it’ll have positive impact upon the rest of my life as well. Saving precious time. Saving money. Saving energy. For things that really matter.
How did I come to this epiphany?
Part 1: unnamed family member cannot find their keys or wallet (again) because they are wading through a sea of non-key and non-wallet items. Plus the wallet is black. I am offering to purchase in a bright neon color or to bedazzle existing wallet.
Part 2: sweet friend Amy happens to share her story about how she is being intentional about simplifying her life and shares this video on minimalism.
Part 3: we are getting rid of some older pieces of furniture that we have had since pre-marriage / early marriage, circa 12 years. We are hoping to consolidate pieces by purchasing a console table with storage, for example. Now that the kids are not spilling stuff 24/7 we are getting some grown up pieces and pieces in lighter fabrics – gasp!
Part 4: you begin to clean out your parents’ home for them – and they’ve accumulated 51 years worth of stuff during their marriage. I want to be honorable when I speak about this, though. My parents were born in the early 30s and don’t believe in waste. Also they are elderly and have both recently suffered from illnesses (including multiple neck surgeries for my dad and two battles with cancer for mom). They are my heroes. So I don’t want to call them out for anything other than being awesome. If you are reading this mom and dad, I love you so, so much. We have smiled on numerous occasions on unexpected cleaning discoveries. My sister, Stella found some LPs including Taste of Honey’s Sukiyaki A taste of honey – Sukiyaki (classic) 1981 – YouTube
Where was I? Brain clutter at critical mass. So anyway, yeah, I was getting this recurrent theme in my life. I hope that by getting rid of extra things in my life, I can be free to pursue the things I really love.
It seems just too simple: get rid of extra stuff – you know the stuff I am talking about -and you will
- be less stressed,
- spend less time shopping and cleaning and (looking for lost things) and
- have more time, money and energy for the things that really matter.
What ‘really matters” may be different for everyone. Maybe you’d like to travel more. Maybe you’d like to spend more time with friends and family. Maybe you’d like to be able to give more to charity? Maybe you’d like to binge watch “Stranger Things” on Netflix.
One piece of advice from a newbie at this: strike while the iron is red hot. Don’t get inspired by the idea of it and then push it off to another time. Start by getting rid of one bag at a time, one room at a time.
In general, I haven’t heard a good reason for the opposing viewpoint which is “accumulate, accumulate and accumulate because it really will improve your life.” So this makes practical, mathematical and logical sense.
Can someone tell me if there is a mind-being-blown emoji? Because I need it real bad.
Write and tell us if you’ve experienced a simplifying and minimizing process. We’d love to hear about it!
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