Our family moved from the city to the country life a few years ago. I remember we did a lot of cleaning, purging and giving away. And when we left, we only brought the essentials and few memorable things with us.
Looking back, I never thought that the “clearing up” process will give such a liberating feeling afterwards. It’s as if I received peace, clarity and “space” within. From then on, I try to keep things minimal – both in my life and at Home. Believe me, Living a simple life is one of the best decisions anyone can make in his/her life.
Living simply is not easy
Don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t mean I have zero clutter or I don’t encounter struggles any more. I still do. In fact, my desk now has tons of piled papers waiting for cleaning-up. Occasionally, I still have the “I might need this” or “I’d hold on to this” syndrome attacks. I realized that living simply really takes a bit of conscious effort. But if you’re open to changing your ways of doing things, you might appreciate the simple life.
Living with less requires the strength to let go of things that you are emotionally connected to. You might end up accumulating clutter and emotional baggage overtime if you don’t deal with it. It makes simplifying life very difficult when this happens. To move forward, you need to keep reminding yourself that memories are the real worth in your life, not things.
It also takes courage to say “no” to bring back the focus in your life. I have to admit, I often find myself saying yes to everything because I feel I can do it all. Don’t we, especially the ladies have the tendency to do this? We fill up our plates with so many activities that we miss out on what matters most. So if we don’t figure out how to create space in our lives, we end up busy, stressed & unhappy.
Aim to accumulate a little
I read somewhere that “clutter is holding on to the past, or fear of the future.” I guess there’s no right answer on how to easily let go of some things that has been part of our lives. What you can do is to slowly eliminate the excess and keep few things that matter. For example, it might be better to keep eight books that you’re really going to read, and not having hundreds left unread on the shelves.
If you ask me, “So where do I start?” Simply begin where you are most of the time. Try to look around and toss things that you don’t need any more. Sort what you can recycle and pass on things that need a second home. Do it again the next day…and the next. Now, you’re few steps closer to creating space in your life.
Savor simple joys
Once you feel the inner calm, enjoying life’s simple pleasures become easy. You are more present to savor the simple joys of an ordinary moment– like playing outside with the kids, star-gazing with the hubby, eating ice cream. You go back doing things that you love. And you learn to make time for what’s important.
“Live simply so that others may simply live”
– Mahatma Gandhi
Isn’t this quote beautiful? Mahatma Gandhi said it well – living simply is not only for oneself and the people we love, but also for the rest of the society. By living simply, we create space for our desired life and room to give more to others.
What are you willing to let go to start living simply today? 🙂
Enjoy the F.A.B. weekend.