Sometimes when you are reading about or hearing about people that have simplified their lives, it can be frustrating that you aren’t in the same situation. I remember when I first started reading about living more simply, I wanted to be debt free and living with less immediately. I overlooked that it wouldn’t be an overnight experience. Sometimes I got frustrated when it took longer than I thought it would.
Recently, a reader suggested that I may have forgotten about new readers who are just beginning their journey to be more with less.
I want to let you know that I haven’t forgotten you. In fact, I am still a beginner myself. I learn something new about how I want to live my life more simply everyday. That said, I have made big strides over the past 5 years, like eliminating meat from my diet, paying off my debt, and quitting my job, that have all contributed to a simpler life.
The biggest change of all towards living more simply has been decluttering my home and life to be clutter free. Instead of spending my time dusting, organizing, or shopping, I have time for people and things that really matter.
In fact, I’ve come to think about things/stuff in a completely different way. I appreciate the things I have, but could let anything go at anytime. I am visiting and working in New Orleans today, and thinking about the things I brought with me, and the stuff I left behind.
- I’m glad I brought a scarf because New Orleans feels like a San Francisco Summer today. Brrrrrrrr!
- I’m happy I have my computer so I can easily write and publish this post.
- My lip balm protects my lips from this blustery weather.
- I’m borrowing my husbands backpack while he’s in a meeting, and it’s a perfect fit for what I want to carry today.
- Lastly, my cell phone is my immediate connection to my daughter if she needs anything.
I like enjoying these few things, and don’t miss anything I left behind. In fact, whenever I travel, and live with less, I feel lighter and more inspired to really assess what I need/have/want at home.
A clutter-free life allows you to …
- move more freely
- spend less time cleaning
- stop organizing entirely
- spend less money taking care of your stuff
- have more attention for what really matters to you
Even more powerful, a clutter-free life has allowed me to be healthier and have more meaningful relationships.
If that sound appealing to you, but you don’t know where to start or struggle with living with less, you might like my new project, Clutterfree. Leo Babauta (from Zen Habits) and I created an ebook package and 4 week course to help you understand your relationship with stuff, and show you how to kick it to the curb.
The digital package includes the Clutterfree ebook with formats so you can enjoy it digitally anyway you like (Kindle, iPad, iPhone, computer), along with awesome interviews from Clutter-free experts Joshua Becker and Tammy Strobel, a video Clutterfree Q&A with Leo Babauta, and a bonus PDF about how to enjoy a clutter-free holiday season.
The Clutterfree Course is now available for self study.
Dig deep into your stuff, understand why you have it and learn how to let it go. It will be a meaningful 4 week experience, and fun too! You’ll enjoy weekly lessons and homework assignments along with interactive webinars and a few surprises.
Learn more at clutterfreecourse.com.