Long arduous journey to simplicity


For all my life I’ve struggled with my propensity to collect things (including activities, pet projects, interesting shapes of rocks – the list is exhaustive).  After collecting them, I stuff them in a closet or in the back of my mind and wonder why my life has become so complicated.


Once and for all I’m really doing it this time.  I’m unloading all the superfluous stuff that no longer serves me well. I have a closet full of camping stuff, and I haven’t been camping since the 90s! 

If you’d like to take the journey with me – here’s your assignment for today.

  • Make a list of your top 4-5 important things. What’s most important to you? What do you value most? What 4-5 things do you most want to do in your life? Simplifying starts with these priorities, since our mission is to make room in our lives so we have more time for these things. Camping is no where on my list.
  • Evaluate your commitments. Look at everything you’ve got going on in your life. Everything, from work to home, to civic to children,  to hobbies, to side businesses, to other projects. Think about which of these really gives you value, which ones you love doing and look forward to. Which of these are in line with the 4-5 most important things you listed above? Drop those that aren’t in line with those things.  (I guess that means my project to create a mosaic terrace in my back yard needs to be put on hold.)
  • Evaluate your time. How do you spend your day? What things do you do, from the time you wake up to the time you go to sleep? Make a list, and evaluate whether they’re in line with your priorities. If not, eliminate the things that aren’t, and focus on what’s important. Redesign your day.  Every year or so, I write down a schedule for my perfect day.  Of course it rarely happens the way I imagine it, but it gives you something to work toward.
  • That’s it.  I’ve got my list and ready to begin simplifying and decluttering.  But first Brenda just called to say there is an estate sell beginning in 45 minutes out south of town.  Against my better judgment, I’m going, knowing full well I’ll drag home someone else’s junk. 

    Maybe I’ll begin my simplification campaign tomorrow.

    2 thoughts on “Long arduous journey to simplicity

    1. Have you noticed that the older you get the less important “things” are to your life.

      What is important to me are the necessities (and they become less and less) plus the most important are those people that I care about and that care about me.

      I call it love….something hard to express, but easy to feel.

      So here’s to a sustained life and friends to enjoy it with…

    2. CHet, I remember being so insulted when my mother in law suggested i stop giving her things unless they could be eaten or worn. I had just given her some silk flowers I had handmade (remember, this was the 70s). Now I’m understanding. My life has become so crowded with “stuff” that it’s hard to find time to enjoy friends and family. That’s changing THIS MONTH. Day by day, I’m unloading and promise myself not to reload again!

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