Our society bombards us with the false tie between happiness and material things. It’s no wonder it’s a struggle to de-clutter or not fall into the consumerism trap in the first place. The bottom line, the less things you have to worry about, the more peace you have, and it’s as simple as that.
Shauna Niequist tells of her journey in her latest book, Present Over Perfect. “I’ve been surprised to find how much simplifying my material world has created space, not just around me, but inside me. As I went throughout the house I kept finding that the more I let go of, the happier I was. The ambient noise of my life gets quieter when there’s less stuff in my life and fewer decisions to make about that stuff. In the newfound silences is space for connection, rest, listening and learning. If we aren’t careful it seems many of us find ourselves overwhelmed by all the stuff we have to manage, instead of focused on what we’re most passionate about. Let’s live lightly, freely, courageously, surrounded only by what brings joy, simplicity and beauty.” Click Here to see her book.
What can you do today to start your journey? If the thought overwhelms you, start small. Fill one box and donate, then maybe the next time you will be able to fill two trash bags. However this looks for you, take a baby step and release the things that are weighing you down!