Hi folks, I am back at the helm of the good ship 365lessthings and ready to set sail again on my declutter journey. In the two weeks while I was away visiting my loved ones afar my conviction to minimise my possessions was reinforced by situations I encountered. Although none of what I am about to write was a revelation to me, as I have already learned these lessons at different points in my life, I feel it is my duty to put into words the wisdom that is to be gained by what I experienced.
- As you get older it gets harder to maintain your home when there is too much clutter. Too much to clean and too much to move in order to get at what else needs cleaning is not a good position to be in as your body becomes less agile and more frail.
- Being too emotionally attached to objects makes it very hard to be rational about paring down when you reach the stage mentioned above.
- It always pays to invest a little time and money preparing for the future. If you waste all your money on unessential items now you won’t have the money to spend on adapting your environment to suit your changing needs when the time comes that this is required. That is, a house full of trinkets and excesses will be no good to you when what you really need and can’t afford is bathroom renovations to better suit your mobility needs.
- The rule above applies even when you are young, the option to change direction in your life is much easier if you have a little cash set aside to fall back on during the transition period. I am not saying hoard your money and don’t have any fun, I am suggesting you strike a balance between future needs and immediate wants and budget for both.
- Don’t complain about your circumstances if you chose instant gratification possessions over planning for your future. You have no one else to blame but yourself for the life choices you make.
- Wisdom doesn’t always come with age unless you pay attention to what is going on around you and learn from not only your mistakes but the mistakes of others. The good news is that it is never too late to turn things around.
- Status symbols, that is things that you possess in order to convey a certain image of yourself to others, can be a hinderance even if you can afford the indulgence. Maintaining that image can become more important to you than altering your lifestyle to better suit your needs. You can fool your ego into believing what is best for you but you can’t fool your heart or your body.
Some of the statements above my sound a little judgemental, they aren’t meant to be. They are just observations I have made over the last couple of weeks that I will keep tucked away amongst the collective wisdom in my mind. Hopefully I will be able to recall them when I need their help the most and maybe today they will help you too.
Today’s Declutter Item
The item for today is probably an example of why not to declutter rather than what I usually preach but nevertheless I hope common sense will prevail rather than this be a bad example to you all. This iPod belonged to my daughter but some time many years back it stopped working properly. I suppose, because it didn’t take up much space, it has been overlooked during previous decluttering sessions. However it made its way to the surface but my son decided he would fiddle with it one more time before giving up on it and lo and behold it has not missed a beat since. During our recent trip up north we returned it to my daughter adding a little more clutter to her life but relieving our house of one more small item.
Something I Am Grateful For Today
Although I am not what you would call an avid reader I am grateful to all the writers and publishers out there that produce works whether for our entertainment or to share knowledge and wisdom.