Ever have those moments when nothing got done because you had so much to do? Or get stressed because there is so much STUFF in your environment that you need to fix or complete? Most of the time its because you didnt know where to start or what to do? Yep, Iv had those and still have those regularly, until I remember how much easier things are or can get when I simplify or declutter areas of my life.
Ever wonder why things were simpler or less stressful when we were younger? Yes we have more responsibilities now, but we have also taken on the ability to overthink and over-analyse EVERYTHING! ** Hands up if you can relate **
As adults, we are too concerned about what our neighbour thinks of us, we put too much context in the simplest of things, instead of starting and edging through the piles, we think of plans and do our research on how to do things more effectively when one of the most simplest ways to get things done is just to start. We go over situations that we have put ourselves in or could potentially be in, over and over and over. We ‘what-if’ the fck out of everything! Preach our ‘Shoulda, woulda, coulda’s’. And for what? Stress till the cows come home and in most cases, what we feared or spent our days shitting bricks about, never even presented itself.
“Clutter is not just physical stuff. It’s old ideas, toxic relationships and bad habits. Clutter is anything that does not support your better self.”
― Eleanor Brownn
I think as adults we overcomplicate, overcompensate, overload a shit ton of crap that could be made soooooo much simpler.
I personally enjoy (ed) holding on to shit I dont need or that dont serve me. Clothes, books, friendships, thoughts, people, stuff stuff stuff stuff and more freaking stuff! I felt like I was driving myself absolutely bonkers having to tidy or clean all the time because of all this stuff, and I felt under so much pressure and stress because I consistently felt in a place of needing to ORGANISE that stuff. Then I stumbled across a friggun brilliant quote, which I have posted before, but will post again because I feel that I need to CONSTANTLY remind myself of it.
For the longest time I thought I need to be more organised. Now I know I just needed less stuff.
We all do this. We hold onto old shitty shit that either brings us comfort (dealing with other underlying issues) and or makes us stressed and unhappy. There is an underlying reason why we hold on to things, and its up to each of us to take that first step and ask ourselves, “Does this thing or person really bring value into my life, or is it holding distracting me from Real issues that I refuse to deal with?”
I have begun my own declutter/minimalism journey for a while now. And it is (was) friggun Hard! I used to get cranky with my husband for throwing shit out without asking me (I still do in the odd occasion – he is just ruthless, doesnt even check what he is throwing away ggrrr). However, its a work progress. I Love organising and being organised and I feel good with every un-useful object I release and let go of. The trick is to start small and to … JUST START! Little bits at a time, day by day.
Now its your turn!
What do You do to overcomplicate your life and what could You get rid of RIGHT NOW to live a happier, more simple and satisfying life?
Love & Light