“Our lives are overfull.
There’s not a single one of us who is free of that trap, in my experience. We say yes to invitations and commitments, we answer as many emails and messages as we can, we join courses and groups, buy books and take on new hobbies, get involved in new relationships and buy more stuff.
The result of this tendency to overfill is predictable:
- We spend too much money and get into too much debt, and then have too much clutter.
- We are always busy and always feel like we’re behind on everything.
- We don’t have time for what’s really important — relationships, meaningful work, solitude and silence, taking care of ourselves.
- We can’t really fulfil all of our commitments because we have too much going on.
- We use full lives to distract ourselves from being fully present.”
From Zen Habits
Well, this is all me and it’s what I am working on to change. I am already spending less but I have a huge challenge in getting rid of all of the clutter. Having said that, so much of it has gone already and yes, it feels great!
I am clicking on unsubscribe to all of those e-mails I thought I might read and never do….a clutter free in-box is pretty satisfying too….
I am going for simpler food and believe me it doesn’t have to compromise on taste. My next challenge is to remove the unused cookery books from my collection and stick with the ones I use all of the time. A couple of favourite recipes will be posted shortly.
Even if you only do one thing today to simplify your life, it is a step towards feeling less stressed, less cluttered. Just give it a go and see how it feels.
I had so many hobbies, so many things I wanted to try….painting, drawing, jewellery making, embroidery etc. etc. and had books on all of it trying to constantly learn….too many things at once. Now I have chosen crochet and instead of buying new wool for new projects, I am choosing to make blankets out of scrap wool….leftover wool from my projects, leftover wool from other peoples projects. I have yet to decide how to block…machine wash it, hand wash it, steam iron it?….then I might actually finish something!
The newly built raised beds in our garden have been a huge success and not really taken up much room. Saved loads of money and been tastier too. Particularly happy with the butternut squash and carrots. We ended up with far too many courgette and being about to go on holiday I threw them all in the freezer. On defrosting and squeezing they do keep too much water, it’s like squeezing a sponge. Tried roasting one but didn’t like the texture so next step will be whizzing it up in a soup.
And on sorting through your things be prepared to find things you had forgotten you have. I haven’t been able to make soup lately as the blender on my food processor isn’t working. I had completely forgotten I had a magimix! This one is staying on the keep pile and already being used. Spicy carrot soup for autumn! Really easy to make and so good for you!
So, take a look at the things cluttering up your life you could cut out. Until you try it or even just think about it, you don’t know how much better you could feel.