Is it time to start learning to live minimally?
While we look to liberate and streamline our lives, we often end up getting in our own way.
We all want to upgrade our lives continuously with the latest and greatest gadgets, but where do we put them?
Do you have a huge home with a large basement and garage to store all your treasured "finds?"
For most of us our homes are full of half-finished projects and good intentions, such as that rarely-used treadmill that you now use as a extended closet and the latest and greatest self-help books that sit half-read.
Does this look like your home?
And then there are the countless things infused with memories and guilt, that we hang on to for emotional reasons.
We can inherit clutter, such as an assortment of “treasured family objects” that are passed on through the generations, turning us into some kind of emotional warehouse where we become the guardians of family memories, which end up owning us.
If you looked in most people’s homes, they would reveal mountains of chain store merchandise that even charity shops are reluctant to take, as anyone who has ever had to clean out the home of an elderly relative will agree.
Having too much stuff to deal with can make it difficult to focus on anything. It can make you feel tired when you walk into a room and cause anxiety when we lose or can’t locate things easily.
It induces feelings of guilt about overspending on things we don’t need or use, and a general feeling of being overwhelmed.
These are just a few examples of how clutter can affect our lives and our health.
Sometimes we feel insecure and think we need “treats” is one explanation, another is the sense that we can’t throw something away in case it might be needed– even if it has sat there, unused forever and forever.
We should all learn to travel a little lighter, to treasure our relationships and our life, and not things, unless that "thing" sparks joy in your heart.
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Kathleen Tucka is an accomplished award winning Life, Career, Business Coach and Personal Advocate.