This is the week to stop selling DVDs on Amazon or getting rid of those cute on the hangar but painful in-person bras. This week is about the bigger picture. What could having less and living a bit smaller give you and others?
Forget all of your “but I can’t because ____ ” for a moment and just consider some of these ideas. Disregard that you just refinanced your mortgage, or moved to a bigger home, or bought a second car or got an awesome job that doubled your commute. You’re not selling or buying or changing anything when you suspend your reality for a second and daydream.
If I lived closer to work/school/amenities I could:
- walk to work
- get rid of our second car
- spend more time with my spouse/friends/kids
- spend more time on myself
If I moved into a smaller home I could:
- spend less time cleaning
- lower my mortgage or pay less rent
- spend less time on tidying/moving the lawn/home repair
If I quit some of my/my kids evening/weekend activities/classes/commitments I could:
- go to bed earlier and get more sleep
- find the time for health/creative/work goals that I really want to invest myself in
- save more money to retire earlier or give more to charity or travel more
- feel less rushed
These won’t be easy things to think about. Some of you may just say it’s not the time for you to open this can of worms. I get it. I truly do.
However, if you’re interested in seeing how the ideas and practices behind this modern minimalist movement can benefit you in a bigger way than a closet full of clothing that you actually wear and fewer impulsive home ware buys – this is it.
This is the stuff that really excites me. One day you’re cutting the cable which feels pretty radical and a few months later you’re trying your hand at living without a car. You started this journey just hoping to finally clear the basement so you could put a second television down there for the kids or finally renovate for a guest room but then the basement is empty and you’re thinking, why do I need this extra room? The kids are finally playing in their rooms because they can find their toys and my reading chair is no longer piled with clothing so I have my quiet spot to finish The Goldfinch (so so good!). Could we live in something smaller?
It doesn’t mean you have to act on these thoughts or opportunities. Simply coming to the realization that you maybe don’t need as much as you once thought you did is a huge win. Because if you can see that what you once thought of as a need is really a want, you’ll feel much more content with what you do have.
Happiness is not having what you want, it’s wanting what you have.
So… think about it. I’ll have a few more posts up this week and a wrap up for the Clutter Cleanse with more resources for those of you still feeling the weight of your stuff.