Consider decluttering for a better life
In our modern day society we have adopted the culture that more is more. We are encouraged to purchase the ‘new and improved’ or the ‘bigger and better.’ But as far as possessions go, less is actually more. The choice to live with fewer possessions can bring with it a great number of benefits. Chances are you could remove 50% - 70% of the possessions in your home that you do not find to be useful or beautiful and find yourself living a more fulfilling and comfortable lifestyle. Consider these common problems that could be solved by having fewer possessions. “I don’t have enough money/I am in debt.” Often times the best way to be more financially sound is simpler than you think… spend less. Making a conscious choice to own fewer possessions is the first step to getting your finances under control and in many cases, it is the only step.
“I wish I had…” Our natural tendencies cause us to constantly compare our lives with those around us. We seem to have an inherent desire to impress others with our possessions. We will often times find ourselves wishing we had more or better things. It can make us feel like we are missing something even though there is so much to be thankful for right in front of us.
“There isn’t enough time in a day.” It is tiring just thinking about all the time we spend caring for our possessions. We research them, shop for them, pick them up, organize them, clean them, repair them and even replace them. It’s hard to understand how much time our possessions steal from us until we actually live without them.
“Even after I clean, the house still feels cluttered/dirty.” If you want to have a cleaner home, own less stuff. Take the time to declutter. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Make a goal to accomplish a small amount per day. Maybe it is one drawer/cabinet at a time or maybe it’s a whole room. Throw out or donate anything that is not immediately useful or that you find to be beautiful.
“My house is too small/I wish I had more storage here.” Chances are very slim that your house in in fact too small-you’ve just packed too much stuff inside it. The size of the average home has doubled since the 50’s and yet many of us still think that we need a bigger place.
“I have nothing to wear.” Instead of trying to keep up with the ever-changing fashion trends, fill your wardrobe with a few timeless, quality pieces that you love to wear. Once you love everything you have in your closet deciding what to wear will be one less struggle in the morning routine.
“I am so stressed.” Every new possession we bring into our lives is a new responsibility. Another thing to worry about, care for and maintain. Instead of bringing convenience and ease into our lives, our possessions have brought new forms of stress and anxiety instead.
The New Year naturally triggers us to make changes in our lives and cleaning might be just what the doctor ordered. Declutter your home, declutter your life.
"He who buys what he does not need steals from himself." -Swedish Proverb