I had dream last night I was a hoarder,
Actually… it wasn’t a dream. It was a nightmare.
Having a home stuffed full of junk and endless possessions is my worst nightmare. If you’re like me or are beginning to feel tired, stressed, suffocated and/or trapped by the sheer volume of your belongings, just know –
You. Are. Not. Alone.
Millions of people have become victim to the brutal economy of ‘more is more‘ and tricked into believing the more stuff you can accumulate in a short amount of time equates to power, success & happiness. But we all know this couldn’t be further from the truth. Just watch an episode of American Greed and you’ll see what I’m talking about. (Spoiler alert: Most of the people on that show are now either alone, dead, broke or in jail.)
“The country’s accumulation of things is outpacing our capacity to keep them in our homes, as the growth of mini-warehouses attests. The number of self-storage establishments more than doubled, to 15,000, from 1998 to 2012, according to Census data, dotting the landscape with faceless buildings full of objects we don’t want to see but can’t bear to toss.” – Bloomberg Business
I’m totally guilty of falling for clever marketing gimmicks and was under the spell that obtaining certain things would ‘prove’ my success and happiness to others. But this process of simplifying and decluttering my life has allowed me to accept that the only person I need to be concerned with impressing is myself. The principles of minimalism require a lot of reflection and self-awareness, but also a commitment to maintaining a life free from clutter and excess. Which is why I decided to put together a simple, 10-step decluttering guide: Clear The Clutter, to help others who wish to design a simplified, clean and intentional home.
Decluttering my possessions has been extremely transformative. Learning to live with less has been a slow but rewarding process.
I’m constantly editing.
Becoming a thoughtful consumer is a powerful asset – it allows you to make informed, conscious and deliberate purchases that enhance your life.
When you learn how to live with less, you will begin to find that you actually have more. You have more space, time, freedom, choices, money, creativity, energy…I could go on and on. The only thing you will have less?
but also stress, anxious, guilt, envy, frustration…again, I could go on and on. But you get the idea. When you are able to start enjoying a life by taking the focus away from material items, the world truly begins to open up.
I challenge you to see how many things you can get rid of that are just taking up space in your life. Remove anything weighing you down, physically or emotionally. You’ll be shocked at how much of a positive difference decluttering and learning how to live with less makes on the quality of life. Ready to start, but not quite sure how? Sign up below and receive a FREE copy of my 10-step decluttering guide: Clear The Clutter.