Take a look around your home to find items that you have been using constantly for many years. Items that you would never part with although maybe are outdated, getting a little shabby or just aren’t particularly aesthetically pleasing in any way. These items will likely have to reach natural attrition before they leave your home. Of course they don’t have to be shabby, they may be standing the test of time amazingly well. And thank goodness for that if they are items that are useful and/or beautiful to you. Think about what is unique about this item that causesÂ you to appreciate it so much.
Think about what led you to acquire these items in the first place. Perhaps it wasÂ that you had a need for the items. Perhaps the beauty of the object was what attracted you to it. Perhaps you searched and bided your time until just the right items came along to suit your need or desire. Perhaps it was a combination of all three. Maybe someone you knew had one similar and you decided it was so useful or beautiful that you wanted one for yourself. Or maybe it was sheer fluke that brought you and the object together.
I know I certainly have objects in my home that fit my needs so well that I have owned them for many many years. Among them are items that fit all of the reasonsÂ for acquiring them that I stated above. But one thing that is similar in each case is my appreciation for these objects. Every time I see them or use them I feel pleased not only with the objects but for my “clever’ choice of them in the first place.
Now take a look around your home and identify otherÂ objects that you neither use nor find aesthetically pleasing. Ask yourself why do you keep eachÂ items. Was it an unwanted gift? Can you not afford to replace it? Do you feel guilty for wasting your hard earned cash on it, so are determined to get some use out of it? It is a family heirloom that you don’t really wish to be the caretaker of? Perhaps these items cause too much upkeep. Or worse still you have given up maintaining them and they are sitting idol and dusty. Whatever the reason, if an item brings forth negative feelings when you encounter it then this a something you should consider decluttering.
Your home is your fortress, your place of tranquility, or at least it should be. There are many thing that lower the level of tranquility in a person’s home. One of them is being surrounded by objects that evoke negativity. Another is the felling of obligation to keep stuff the causes you work. There are only so many hours in the day, house that are better spent doing things you enjoy with people that you love. It is a shame to waste that time taking care of stuff.
So as you encounter these items that cause negativity ask yourself what is more important to you..
- The compulsion to keep them regardless or..
- To heighten the level of tranquility in your home.
Share a story about such an item you encounter in the comments below. Tell us what your decision is for keeping it or letting it go.
Today’s Mini Mission
Todays method of disposal is to put something into the recycling bin.
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
When you are thinking about buying something new consider whether there is something already in your possession that would suffice instead of adding toÂ supply and demand. I have been thinking of buying a mat for the floor in front of the kitchen sink, in the hope that I will be less likely to mess up the floor so much. Today while cleaning the house it occurred to me that I could just use the bath mat from the main bathroom. It only gets use by the occasionalÂ visitor so in the meantime it can act as the kitchen mat. Problem solves without an unnecessary purchase.
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It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when Iâ€™m slow