Has there ever been a time in your life when a message seems to come to you from every direction?
For me, that message is "Clear the clutter!"
Over the weekend, I read William Zinsser's On Writing Well and the book spent an entire chapter on clutter. When I finished reading it, I became fixated on unneccesry words that clutter emails, articles and even recipes. I began eliminating clutter from my sentences and seeing the power that simplicity can produce.
Today, I woke up and noticed one of my favorite columnists, Ana Veciana-Suarez wrote an article about uncluttering her garage in an effort to simplify, simplify. "The older I get, the more I realize how little I need for a truly satisfying life." So true, Ana.
I think we all know, it's excrutiatingly difficult to live clutter free. I've acquired way too many items that promise to help me do things better, faster, easier. From apps to appliances, my screens and shelves overflow with things I really don't know how to use well enough that they make me more productive.
So, like Ana, I am going in search of a more simple, uncluttered life.
Breda Stack, the Declutter Therapist, says: "Decluttering goes beyond cleaning, organizing, or putting broken items in the bin. Clutter is anything physical, mental or emotional that doesn't serve us. It's letting go of anything that doesn't enhance our life." She says decluttering makes us feel happier and in control.
When I tidy my desk, my inbox or my garage, I feel lighter, happier and more balanced.
Like Ana, I'm shifting priorities, shedding stuff I don't use, and opting for experiences, over items, as the cooler air begins to flow in and holiday season looms.
Here's to ending 2014 with much less clutter in my life. Will you be joining me in the quest for simplicity?