A lot of aspirational clutter is like that: we have outdoor equipment, things for hobbies, clutter from different projects we hope to do, things for gardening and cooking and photography … but we don’t actually create the time to do these aspirations.
Living a simple life is about paring back, so that you have space to breathe.
If it all feels like too much, just start small, and take the tiniest first step. It’s a beautiful one.
If you want to be different than the masses, you have to take a different path.
Use pain, sadness, chaos for growth.
Decluttering causes us to confront some key relationships we have to our stuff, and to the world around us.
It’s really one thing: our mental habit of staying stuck in the stories in our heads.
Shame and fear pervade most of our lives to an extent rarely understood, so that our days revolve around them.
What if we could shift everything in a magical way?
We start with great intentions, but the harder ventures cause us to flounder around.
Stop avoiding it and just feel it. Truly allow yourself to feel it.
Leo Babauta has some advice for his kids. And yes, it’s a little zen.
Things constantly happen to pull the rug out from under our feet, and that kind of uncertainty can be stressful, disappointing, painful, uncomfortable.
You can create a life of peacefulness in the middle of this overwhelming, stressful, busy, chaotic world. If you don’t run, but instead find the fearlessness to be with it fully.
The truth is that if you can push into the discomfort, with love, and keep going … it’ll be an amazing breakthrough for you, an opening up of your habitual patterns.
There’s no need to get away from the chaos. It’s just movement, in the place where you belong.