by Susan McCarthy
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Everyday practice: Before shopping for something that will enter your home, question if owning it is more important than the time you'd gain by not shopping, cleaning, rearranging, and perhaps, ultimately, decluttering, that item.
When decluttering, it’s easy focus on our stuff, because we’re handling everything we own and focusing on its place in our life. (Do we use it? Like it? Want it?) However, decluttering is an opportunity to clear space for the things we want to expand or add to our life.
When we spend less time cleaning, rearranging, organizing, shopping for, and otherwise managing our belongings, we are granted the opportunity to decide how we’ll use that time. Peter Walsh, in Let It Go, highlights some of the benefits you’ll gain from decluttering.
You’ll have more time and energy for the people who are a part of your life.
You can spend more time with your partner. Instead of conversations centered on finances (how to pay for stuff), chores and errands (how to clean or acquire stuff), and busy schedules, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss interests, world views and other topics you may currently have little time for.
You’ll meet other people with similar interests and values as you take the time to have experiences.
Volunteer your time with a charity or cause close to your heart.
So, the next time you find yourself debating the fate of a gadget or knickknack, consider what it will add to your relationships or experiences.
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The Organized Squirrel, Susan, shows you how acorns (small habits) can grow into oak trees (a better life).