The first week in August begins SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE WEEK. No, I’m not advocating “If it doesn’t give you joy, you must throw it away.” But we should spend time thinking about what makes our life a little less stressful, and we can applaud that and cheer about items playing a role. We’ve all heard the “less is more” slogan, and yes, it is easier to find things when it’s not part of a crowd. But just “throwing away” is wasteful, and without being present in the moment as we acquire things–instead just grabbing up what does the trick when we’re in a panic over something–we’re destined to repeat our mistakes again and again.
Quick tip to start de-cluttering: Give away one item every day. grab an extra pantry item to give to a food bank, take an gently used sweater to Goodwill, leave a finished paperback on the train for someone else to read, scoop up the tub of crayons & markers your kids don’t use anymore and give to a daycare facility or children’s Bible class for art supplies. Doing just this one simple thing every day means 365 less items in the house at the end of one year (366 in 2016, since this is leap year). Besides giving you more room because unused items won’t be cluttering your space, this simple practice will help other people at the same time. Try it. Let me know about your success 🙂