Clutter is a disease. It’s a cancer of the heart and spirit that has a firm grip over too many of us, and we don’t seem to be able to loosen its hold.
Like cancer, you don’t even know how clutter took over or where it came from until – suddenly! – your schedule is full, your house is overwhelmed, and your life is an exhausted mess.
If we don’t take control of our lives, deciding what can enter our homes and take our time, and what cannot, everything will take advantage of us.
The result? A life where we are slaves to every item we have a whim for, every activity that comes our way, and every piece of waste that knocks on our door.
Clutter steals away our lives
If we don’t actively choose what we want our lives to be, someone else will choose for us.
I’m not suggesting for one moment that we should go hide under a rock, and pretend the world doesn’t exist.
However, I am stating that we need to actively decide what enters into our lives, starting with what comes in through the front door and the internet.
Learning to say no
Living in modern society means learning to say no to advertising, fashion, buy-me-now prompts, bargain deals, bulk buys, junk mail offers, time wasting specials, you-can-do-it-yourself crafting hobbies… the list goes on.
Navigating the madness means refusing to let other take control of your life, your space, your time – and your family.
It isn’t easy to learn, but minimalism – keeping the best, discarding the rest – is a skill that lies at the heart of controlling the inflow, and maintaining the outflow. It can help restore sanity, free time, energy, space and relaxation to your life.