Greetings My dear Partners in Minimalism,
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This comedy routine by George Carlin expresses so vividly how obsessed we are with our stuff! Hilarious!
(Parental Advisory: Aside from a few expletives here, it’s pretty clean.)
I’ve gotten rid of over 300 items thus far, and my place is all the better for it with the newly revealed open spaces. My feline friends, Sebastian and Zia, now sprint down the long hallway connecting the living room to the bedroom in their version of the 50-yard dash. What a joy it is to watch their newly discovered lightness of being.
I must say that I’m quite pleased with the progress I’ve made thus far in my quest for nothing. Oh my gosh! Whoever would have thought that I’d say such a thing! Most people are trying to amass more accoutrements of success and comfort: a beautiful house, more techy toys, beautiful dresses, tailor made suits, fancy cars, fine jewelry, nicknacks, bric-a-brac, pattywacks, and any and all manner of shiny new objects and fabulous adornments. But oh no … not me. I’m trying to barter it all, sell it all, chuck it all, donate it all, forego it all … in fact I’m just sick and tired of it all … I want to own practically nothing … and I will.
It was not until one of my Facebook friends asked whether I was about to check out of here, that I realized my desire to purge my possessions may appear quite macabre to a mind unenlightened by the wonderful benefits of minimalism. One thing’s for sure. As long as there’s a bridge game to be played, there is no way I’m going to make my exit from this life on the hurry up! It’s not gonna happen. No way!
I’ve invested more time and effort minimalizing than I spent accumulating the stuff in the first place. I’ll have to remind myself of that when I reach for that sale item that I know good and well I don’t need. Once I bring it home and stow it away with my other useless stuff, I won’t even remember I bought it in the first place. Yesterday’s impulsive purchases are tomorrow’s purging woes.
I must remain forever vigilant so I don’t re-clutter my abode ever again. I will bring my every thought and action back into my conscious awareness, or before I know it I’ll have a cluttered place again without the slightest notion how it happened … Here we go loop de loop! Back in clutter again! I don’t even like the sound of that.
You see, clutter is a physical manifestation of a few errors in judgment made every single day. My place did not become cluttered overnight. My lapses in good judgment over a span of 12 years got me to where I am today.
So … you got it … I got to thinking. What can I do now to minimize (I love that word) my lapses in judgment, and thereby keep clutter at bay over the long haul?
Do you have any clutter-busters of your own to share? Post your ideas in the comments section if you do … I need all the help I can get! Lol!
HOW TO KEEP CLUTTER AT BAY
1. Clean out your in-box. Unsubscribe to email ads such as Amazon, Case Logic, Barnes & Noble, Borders, Buy.Com, Lumosity, Nightingale-Conant, iTunes, and anything else that pushes your “I gotta have it” button.
2. Open an online savings account. An ING bank account discourages impulsive spending as funds are not available for immediate withdrawal.
3. Recycle or throw out defective items. If it’s broken, ripped, torn, or cracked, get rid of it. As my friend Natalie C. Felix says, “When in doubt, throw it out!”
4. Opt out of junk mail. Here are 8 ways to start the process.
5. Cut those credit cards. All my transactions are cash and carry.
6. Resist the temptation to buy. Do I really need the iPad? My iTouch, netbook and laptop work just fine. It’s going to take all the won’t power I can muster to resist that temptation. I love technological gadgets.
7. Become a member of the Do Not Call Registry. A few easy steps and you’re well on your way to eliminating those annoying telemarketing calls during the dinner hour.
8. Spy before you buy. Take a look around your abode first. You may already have it. I should have checked around my place before I bought the sixth nail clipper.
9. Make some items do double duty. My pet carrier also serves as a cat house. My cats love resting inside and lounging on top. I’ve got lovely blankets and rugs adorning it.
AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST:
10. Project Into the Future. Remember! Your desire for the item you purchase will diminish the moment you carry it over the threshold.
Don’t forget to post in the comments section below how you keep clutter out of your home.
Keeping it easy and breezy where less is more,
Vita Reid, The One Minute Minimalist