As mentioned last week, clutter has been on my mind a lot lately. And as I work through each layer in the de-cluttering process, I’m learning so much about the benefits of de-cluttering.
When I got started de-cluttering, I actually thought it was a hormonal nesting craze. But every few weeks I encounter the same urge again. We have too much stuff. We should go through each room again.
So, that’s what we’ve been doing. Lots of letting go. I’ve finally reached a point where I feel alright with the idea of “losing everything.” That same thought has made me wince in pain in the past. What would I do if we lost everything? My memory is not the best…at all. Good at remembering small details and exactly where something was written. Not so good with actual good-times memories.
But it feels good to be cleaning things out. I’m finding that I was clinging too tightly to so many objects in my life. At first it felt like these things were part of who I am…but as I push on, they become mere objects again, stripped of emotion, expectation and identity. And on so many levels, life becomes simpler for us.
Less things in our home means less to clean.
Less cleaning means more time to enjoy other facets of living (cooking, art, crafts, playing, getting outdoors).
Less things in our home leaves us emotionally open with more room to think and dream.
Less things inspire us to “do” instead of just “plan.”
Having less is more economical, environmentally-friendly and simple.
How do you rate yourself on a clutter-meter of 1 to 10, one being barely cluttered and ten being surrounded by lots of clutter?