I felt the need to write this post because I am continually confronted with examples of what I am about to write here. And that is homes crammed with abundance while suffering from neglect. It saddens me that such situations can cause so much stress to those involved. And, even more sadly, the cure people turn to alleviate this stress is to treat themselves to yet more stuff.
Sometimes the neglect comes in the form of money being spend indulging in some sort of abundance, often causing clutter, Â while other more important regular financial necessitiesÂ are barely if at all budgeted for. Things like the power and water bills, health insurance, vehicle maintenance etc.
Another example is a home full of abundance while the house’s physical maintenanceÂ is being neglected and is slowly crumbling around the occupants and their stuff. And, as any home owner knows, one seemingly small maintenance issue can turn into a major expense when neglected causing collateral damage.
And of course there is the time spent acquiring abundance while the housework is neglected. Any sort of shopping requires time to achieve, whether that be time spend searching and buying the best deal one can find on-line, or time spend scouring the stores for the same. This could be time better spent taking care of ones home.
Of course clutter can just be an accumulation of stuff over many years and does not reflect the true financial expenditures at any given time, however I am not referring to those situations here. So if you can identify yourself in any of these situations stop and think about what you are doing. Buying stuff will never give you peace of mind, the novelty wears off almost as fact as the act of acquiring.
Instead, Â cut back on the acquiring and put some money aside for a time when you might need it. Or use the money to fix something that has been waiting to be repaired. And instead of wasting time shopping take some time to sell off some of the excess you have and put that money away for a rainy day or use it now on home maintenance.
Clutter isn’t about the stuff it is about our desire forÂ stuff, oftenÂ at the neglect of other more important things. Decluttering your home should thenÂ be about questioning your desire for stuff and breaking the bond it has on you. Especially if, as mentioned above, your home and peace of mind is suffering due to such a poor relationship.
Today’s Mini Mission
Work on using up all the leftover food of the holiday season. Condiments, spices, frozen leftovers etc. Oh and of course wine and beer.Â
â€œIf we do not feel grateful for what we already have, what makes us think weâ€™d beÂ happy withÂ more?â€ â€” Unknown
Eco Tip for the Day
Instead of buying stuff you don’t need, that adds to the stresses on nature, put the money aside for a rainy day.
For a full list of my eco tips so far click here
It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when Iâ€™m slow