One of the most difficult steps to organize your life – finances, relationships, etc. – is decluttering, I think. I’ve been thinking a lot more recently about the idea of decluttering and minimalism. I don’t consider myself a minimalist, but I have simple test that works: if I clean up, do I feel more relaxed? If I organize and remove unnecessary items, do I feel better? Yes, I do. It’s not a tough test; anyone can do it quickly. I don’t like clutter. I don’t even like auditory clutter; on a Waldorf-inspired binge a few months ago, I removed almost all of our childrens’ toys’ batteries so we wouldn’t have to subject ourselves to the bleeping and blooping.
Part of the decluttering is tough. I do enjoy having a lot of books in the house, but I wonder: will our children even appreciate books or will they just tote a Kindle or a Nook around with them? I don’t like junk lying around but I can’t bring myself to toss out pictures our children having painstakingly crafted.
Minimalism and/or decluttering are tough journeys, no doubt about it. I’m reading more and trying to get my own head straight about what I want out of my material possessions. Is it fair for me to deny my kids batteries in their noisy toys while keeping a DVD player for myself, for example? Food for thought.
On to the links:
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- The Ben Franklin School of Persuasion