This past month, I have spent time de-cluttering my mind, my time and my space. I have read and researched on-line, in books and in my heart. I have cleaned out drawers and rooms and to some degree, my own busy, cluttered up, mind. I have done this for myself – to increase my sanity and my happiness. But, like nearly everything else I do, I have also done this for my children. I put a high importance on being the person I want to be, not only for my own needs, but for the purposes of being a good role model that will help guide my children in their own choices.
So, in that vein, I have compiled a list of 9 things I want my children to know about “Less is More“. (And, for the record, I chose 9 because although neat and tidy sometimes makes me feel better, pushing my comfort levels is part of living a full life!)….
1. Clutter is just that – clutter. It will seep into your mind, your heart and all parts of your life. Clear it out and you will clear these areas out too.
2. Take risks, push your boundaries, live in discomfort sometimes. Living a passionate life makes living life worth it.
3. Piles of crap are energy and mood suckers. Get rid of them.
4. Everything in your space needs a home. If it has a home, you have somewhere to put it and it will no longer be cluttering up your space. If you get something new, find it a home or find it’s home in the garbage.
5. Pay yourself first. This will not always be easy or even possible. Do the best you can. When necessary, pay yourself in forgiveness.
6. Seek out experiences that make you feel alive. These often offer the best source of instant de-cluttering you can find!
7. Be purposeful in your life. If you feel that things could be better, take steps towards making them better. You are the only captain of this ship.
8. Learn to say no. Don’t be so self-centered to think the whole world will collapse if you decline or go to bed early. And, if it does, you are capable of picking up the pieces the next day.
9. Get in the habit of checking your perspective. It is easy to get washed along the river of desire and commonality. But, every once in a while, grab on to the bank and have a look around. Ask yourself if this is really where you want to be and is this is really what you want? If necessary, abandon the river and forge your own path.