An uncluttered life and being left with space for what really matters is a good step towards keeping life simple. A life that isn’t constant, busy and rush, but you have time for reflection, time for the right people and time for simple pleasures.
Decluttering (Chateline.com) my home and life gives me a less cluttered mind. That doesn’t mean I have zero clutter and zero complications. I have possessions, distractions and work. I’m just conscious to reduce the amount of noise in my life and make space for what really matters.
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Decluttering my home meant a more peaceful, minimal life. I spend less time cleaning, maintaining my stuff or looking for things. It’s not how few things we own that matters. It’s whether we make those things count. I realized it was better to have six books on my shelf that I wanted to read than a hundred I’d never get around to.
While I like distractions sometimes, it can be clutter too – filling in every minute of the day with distractions and not leaving room. I found it was easy to fill up life because there are so many things that sound amazing. I’d hear about what others are doing and instantly I wanted to add that to my life. I put too much emphasis on excitement, which usually was temporary and not important. Or I’d chalk it up as being productive, but actually, I was adding so many things to my life and simply cluttering my space. When I started cutting out a huge number of commitments and became choosier with my time my relationships got better. I got healthier and I was happier.
I rather keep my weekends unstructured and unscheduled as best as I can, so I have room for the things that are important to me. Focus, priorities and effectiveness are more important. So is a nice walk with a loved one.
When I finally learned to sit in a quiet room alone with no distractions, I was able to simplify. I began to respect my time more and treat my attention as the most valuable possession I could give as a gift to the people I wanted to most. I give it to the work that matters most.
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