For the longest time now I’ve been decluttering my emotional baggage through meditation, forgiveness work and reading.
What I’ve come to learn is that you can do all the emotional healing work you want but if you’re living with too much physical stuff you’re not going to enjoy the full effects of a decluttered peaceful mind.
We do not own our stuff; our stuff owns us.
I spend so much time cleaning my stuff, organising my stuff, repairing my stuff and I am always aware of its presence because it’s always there.
The more stuff I own the less mental capacity I have for other more important things I truly value.
I value time above all else, my time is precious and so is yours.
My time is sucked away from me and that’s because of the collective choices I’ve made to buy more stuff.
My mind is constantly busy, it doesn’t stop.
Around 12 months ago I decided that I would declutter anything that I hadn’t touched in 6 months.
It was A LOT of stuff. I’m not kidding you I must have made close to 20 trips to the local donation centre.
Realising I still had a lot of things I started organising the remaining stuff into plastic boxes.
I’ll tell you this, organised clutter is still clutter.
How did I know there was still too much stuff because while I felt lighter I still couldn’t think clearly.
We live in excess. I heard it once referred to as “middle-class abundance”.
After moving 1000 kilometres we put the pedal to the metal and donated more things than I care to count and finally, my brain started clearing up.
You see, there’s a tipping point to decluttering your way to clarity.
With every round of decluttering you have to check in with yourself “can I think better yet, no, let’s do another round of decluttering.”
You’ll eventually hit the mark and life starts to fall into place.
Things I valued like strolls in the park and playing a board game felt doable again.
We think buying things will add value to our life, but it doesn’t, if anything it strips us of something we value most, our time.
If you feel like you’re drowning in your belongings, then I urge you to try the Minimalism Challenge.
This challenge starts at the beginning of a month of your choice. On the 1st of the month you declutter 1 thing, on the 2nd two things, on the 3rd 3 things and so on till you reach the end of the month.
By the end of the month, you’ll have shed upward of 465 items. When you consider that the average home has 300,000 items then 465 feels like a drop in the ocean.
By this stage I think I have decluttered maybe 5000 items and I feel calmer in my home than I ever have before.
And I don’t remember or miss ANY of those 5000 items.
But I remember how my home makes me feel now; peaceful.