Today is great because…

Declutter yourself

Posted: October 12th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: happiness, Nothingness | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off
Gandhi survived happily with this many things.

Gandhi survived happily with this many things.

I once moved all the contents of my apartment in two car loads of a 1991 Toyota Camry (read: small!) That was one of my greatest accomplishment. Six years later I still have my beloved Camry, but there’s no way I’d ever relive such a magnificent moving success.

Because now I have STUFF!

I wanted to title this post ‘More Stuff, More Problems,’ because the more I have, the more I want to get. That’s a serious problem. I have a laptop, an iPad, an iPod, now I want a new iPhone! Are all these things necessary to my life? No. I’m the perpetrator of totally unnecessary accumulation.  The more I accumulate, the more I feel like a shameless consumer, the less I feel good about myself.  I’m not a hoarder, even though it’s so en vogue right now. I’m talking about getting new things. The worst part is that I’m not happier for having more things. I simply HAVE MORE THINGS.

Follow these three simple rules to delutter your life:

  1. Stop getting new things
  2. Get rid of things you no longer use
  3. Stop getting new things

If you’re reading this you probably already have everything you need to survive. You have forks and plates, a bed to sleep in, you own a computer, you’re googling advice on how to declutter your home because you know you already have too much stuff.

I’ve started taking a really strict approach: nothing new comes in unless I neeeeeed it. Even if the thing is nice, or it’s free, if I don’t need it, I won’t take it back to my house.  Getting new things rarely offers sustaining happiness. Like caffeine, you get a rush that lasts a few hours and then it’s gone and you need more.

Also, be good to other people
Another tip for cleaning out your home: donate things to charity. You know those ugly shirts you have that you haven’t worn in two years? Don’t throw them away. The Salvation Army is always available to take things like that off your hands. Someone else will love them. You’ll feel better for having given instead of taking in, and you’ll feel great because your closet will be cleaner.

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