Up until recently, I believed I had adopted a minimalist lifestyle. In fact, during a particularly transient period in my life, I lived in an intentional community with 21 other people. After our dorm burned down, I transferred over to living out of a backpack from an RV for a number of months and then I moved into a “bigger” 330 square foot studio.
But somehow earlier this year I ended up having to rent a UHaul five times to move my belongings from one state to another.
I am currently in the process of unpacking boxes which filled two storage units into a new home. Even though I pared down a bit when I packed up my old house, as I unpack in my new location I am recognizing that not everything I have is worth keeping…not even as a memory arises for me about it being bought on sale or was a rare find. If an item is not actively used or deeply cherished, why do I have it and why did I take the extra effort to move across an entire state with it?
I am now committed to coaching myself on how to lighten up again!
Objects are meant to serve us or delight us. If an item is no longer serving you or the belief around the item is outdated, maybe it is time to consider getting rid of it. The most expensive thing, really, is the thing you never use.
My internal thought process definitely works better when I feel like I have my life in order, uncluttered by extraneous physical stuff. I get flustered if there is too much going on in my environment and my mind feels messy. I am discovering that simplifying is a great learned skill, it can be somewhat painful in the process of letting go but liberating and freeing in the end.
The main thing to evaluate is whether there is a deep desire to want something. An item should partner with you to create the life you want and to help you move with ease and flow. The name of the game is creating peace of mind, not necessarily having less-- which is more of a scarcity-consciousness mentality.
What are some of the things in your home that you have to step over, move, or find that gets in the way of your life force faucet flowing?
You might feel some of these constrictive feelings when your surroundings are cluttered:
Turmoil Worry Confusion
Guilt Conflict Embarrassment
Social isolation Inequality Overwhelm
But more expansive feelings that arise when you lighten up are:
In my next blog post, I’ll share some ways that I have learned on how to actually physically go through the process of getting rid of stuff!
Today’s post is about uncluttering the THINGS in our life to allow us to move with more ease and flow. In future posts, I’ll also write about uncluttering relationships, activities/schedules, thoughts, and prior beliefs and agreements.
Michele Duncan King