We all have the tendency to accumulate things. Thirty years ago, people had to deal with mainly physical clutter. Now, they have digital clutter. And if you are a writer, I’m certain you have drafts of manuscripts and research for ongoing as well as failed projects.
At some point in time, the clutter just gets too much and begins to hurt you mentally and physically.
I have been trying to simplify my life by pairing down. This was not an original goal for me at the start of the year but with the pandemic hitting us hard since March and with more work at home sessions, I had to put a number of things in hold to see to my living space.
I am ashamed to admit that I have allowed my books and papers to overtake my living space. But, I have no choice but to deal with them if I want to thrive at working from home.
I have read a number of books, online articles, and YouTube videos on paring down and most support drastic changes. Few dealt with slowly simplifying your life.
Drastic decluttering may initially give you some relief but does not consider your long held habits for bringing more stuff into your life.
Your habits to accumulate are a symptom of your underlying beliefs. Fast decluttering or having someone else do the decluttering for you often does not allow you to address these beliefs.
Although I needed to see to my space, I decided to take the removal of physical things from my space slowly. I needed to examine why I bought or created new things, why I did not get rid of what I already have, where my beliefs came from and what new paradigms and beliefs to adopt.
The process brings up emotions I wish could keep hidden. I feel too much pain and deep hurt. But, I know that if I truly want to change my living space I need to address the emotions.
I’m slowly simplifying my life to consider my habits, beliefs and emotions and determine what I truly need to change. So for the while, some of my things will go into storage while I deal with the others. There is no need to rush this process. At the end, I need to go through it to really get what I want out of life.