With all of the focus around minimalism, simplicity, decluttering, and capsule wardrobes, it’s easy to believe that a simple life is the dream, but a simple life is not the end goal.
We don’t remove the clutter, reduce the stress, and boycott the busyness to have a simple life. We do it to have a life.
We simplify to have a life of …
That means something different for everyone, but when we are constantly defeated by not being simple enough, or decluttered enough, we lose sight of what are really after.
The next time you are done paying off a credit card, or cleaning out your closet, or completing whatever simplicity step you are on, stop.
Before simplifying further, think about what you really want out of this life of yours. Is this the time to simplify more, or is this the time to deepen a connection with someone you love? Is this the time to move on to your bookshelves, or is this the time to create something new, or serve in your community? Perhaps it is simply time to rest.
Simplifying with the goal of becoming as simple as possible will prove to be as empty as dieting to be as skinny as possible. It’s not satisfying and it never lasts.
As you create more time, energy, space, and attention in your life, use the simplicity to make a life you are excited to wake up to every day. Use it to better engage in relationships. Use it as confidence to live where you want, work where you want, and most importantly, to finally be who you are.
When decluttering is frustrating, or you regret spending too much, or you aren’t sure where this whole simplicity journey is headed, remind yourself that you aren’t creating a simple life, you are creating a life.