Clutter is the number one destroyer of creativity and joy.
In 2011, I made a conscious decision to adopt a simpler, minimalist lifestyle. In the space of six days, I consolidated 2+ decades worth of acquisitions into five medium-size packing boxes and moved halfway around the world. It was the best decision I ever made.
Freeing myself of the trappings of modern life (who needs six different types of can openers anyway?), allowed me the mental space to focus on writing and, more importantly, living a more authentic life free from unnecessary distractions.
Several months ago, while traveling in the States, I read about the art of decluttering in Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organising. Her methods and reasoning really struck a chord, and I highly recommend reading this book. It is a quick read, and I finished it in one cold, rainy afternoon.
You can also read more about the benefits of a minimalist lifestyle here.
Becoming a minimalist doesn’t have to mean eschewing every material possession you own (my case may have been a bit extreme for most folks). It simply means evaluating your surroundings and eliminating those objects that don’t bring you joy.
How much (or little) you get rid of is completely up to you. I promise that once you eliminate a bit of the excess white noise in your life, you will feel much better. I sure did!