I wanted to share a few other things before the end of the week. There is a lot to consider and you’ll find your own ways. I’ve been looking at designs for more efficient smaller homes, having a simpler wardrobe, and fitting in more declutter time into my weekly schedule. Think about these things:
• Review one room at a time. Go around to each room and eliminate everything that is unnecessary. Be your own quality control expert – reduce, reevaluate, rearrange and leave only the minimum. Delete everything else. Do we need all those old ties? How long are you going to hold on to those old jeans? What about that drawer of socks? You might eliminate a dresser.
• Go through the dressers and drawers one at a time. Don’t jump from room to room. Jumping around will take us off track and we’ll get ourselves into other clutter. Believe me I know from experience. Work one at a time. Once we’ve gone through the main parts of our room, we’ll tackle the closets and drawers – one drawer and one shelf at a time.
• Simplify what we wear. I’ve always thought a huge walk in closet would be wonderful but my views have changed. The more room we have the more we add to that space. Sometimes drawers are so filled that they can’t close. Do you remember Steve Jobs “uniform?” He wore a black mock turtleneck and jeans. His wardrobe became iconic. Now we don’t need to get that extreme but we can get it, right? If we simplify our wardrobe by getting rid of anything we don’t wear for more than a season we are free to give it away or sell it at a garage sale. Take the money and give it to charity.
• Have we looked at our computer lately? Let’s try to simplify our computer life. Purge some of those old files, save them in case we need them in the future but get them off our computer. Think of it as our e-office with stacks of files all over the place and all over the desk. Organize, eliminate, and save only when needed. Be aggressive in disposing of unnecessary items. I’m amazed whenever I do this. Now with cloud storage computing has become much easier – look into it.
• Along with this idea we can declutter our digital door stops. How much old equipment do we have all over the place. Time to toss, sell, and recycle. Just MAKE SURE you wipe the hard-drives clean.
• One final thought. Let’s create a simplicity covenant. How do we want our simple life to look? Let’s write something down and do something every day that moves us toward that goal. A simpler life is a happier life. The economy may be based on buying stuff but be counter cultural and simplify. If we save, save money or give more of it away and become more generous. Let’s move toward our ideal simple life.
“So then, let us rid ourselves of everything that gets in the way, and of the sin which holds on to us so tightly, and let us run with determination the race that lies before us.” Hebrews 12:1b