There are many ways that having a decluttered home and embracing the principles of staying decluttered can simplify your life. I have discovered the freedom that decluttering has added to my life and I would like to share that with you.
- Time – At the very least, you will waste less time maintaining your home simply because it has less in it. The less you want for things the less time you will spend working toward and obtaining them.
- Money – It is much simpler to track where your hard earned money is going when you reduce the number things you waste it on. The less you spend, the less you need to earn to stay ahead of debt. As you know I have reached a stage where I can give up my part time job in order to concentrate on some self discovery and some of that is due to the fact that I am no longer spending like I used to.
- Choices – When you have fewer things to choose from it stands to reason you narrow your choices saving time and mental energy on decision making. Making choices from large quantities of clothing, toiletries, crockery, linen etc steals small chunks of time out of your daily routine.
- Getting Organised – Having fewer things creates a situation where it is simpler to get and stay organized. You will find it easier to keep things together that belong together especially if you have limited space. This will make it easier to find things when you need them and save even more of your time.
- Celebrations – I like this one. How complicated have celebrations become with the retail onslaught that we face these days. A wedding is about witnessing the union of two people not about getting $20,000 in debt. Christmas is supposed to be the celebration of the birth of Jesus and I guarantee you most people don’t give that a second thought any more. I, for one, find it so much more enjoyable to simplify these occasions back to their base elements namely the theme, the joy of being together, heartfelt good wishes and perhaps to share a meal. It really doesn’t have to be any more complicated than that.
- Shopping – Everyone of the issues above is somehow related to this topic. Shopping less will save you time and money, not to mention the hassle of trying to find a park at the shopping centre, fighting the crowds and walking from store to store looking for the best price.
- Thinking – As Isabella pointed out in her comment yesterday – I find I am much calmer now that I don’t spend so much time trying to work out where things are or spending time staring at piles of clutter saying to myself “I really should clean that up”. Clearer surroundings give you a clearer mind – less time worrying about the mess, less time trying to remember where things are in the mess and less time procrastinating about cleaning up the mess. Makes me feel tired just thinking about all that mind clutter.
- The Process – Even the act of decluttering can be as simple as spending ten minutes each day to find something and set it aside to be disposed. If you approach it thinking it is a mammoth task and try to complete it as quickly as possible then you will likely loose heart well before you are done and learn nothing from the process.
I am sure there are other ways in which decluttering has simplified aspects of your life. Please leave a comment and share your personal experience with us all. The more we share the benefits we have realised, the more likely we will all keep on task.
ITEM 285 OF 365 LESS THINGS
5 Things I am grateful for today
- Wisdon – Hopefully I gather a littel more every day.
- Public Transport – I wasn’t up to walking to work today so I caught the bus for the first time.
- That I didn’t have the trouble my daughter did getting to work today – On her forth attempt she found a way out of her neighbourhood that wasn’t cut off by flooding.
- Bed – I am looking forward to falling into it tonight.
- My voice is starting to come back- Maybe tomorrow I will be able to meet a friend for coffee and a chat without getting a headache.