For the past year I’ve been trying to learn a simpler, more meaningful way to live. I’ll admit that it’s been a slow crawl towards this better way of living, rather than a sprint. But this is what the path has looked like so far – it may not be what you expect.
I actually started by editing my wardrobe, and I mean really editing it. This wasn’t just a case of tidying up and tossing out a few items. I took out every single piece of clothing, and all the accessories I owned, and then I got really tough on what went back in. Basically, if it wasn’t something I truly loved to wear, then it wasn’t being granted access to the valuable space in my closet.
The result is a real sense of joy when I get dressed each morning.
After that I turned my attention to slowly de-cluttering the house. This is not by any stretch of the imagination my dream home, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be my sanctuary, only filled with things I love and a space I like to keep looking beautiful and fresh.
And whilst there is still much work to be done, what I do know is letting go of ‘stuff’ and only keeping items that have a purpose or mean something to me, has brought a wonderful sense of energy into my home.
Yet I still felt overwhelmed on a regular basis. Despite paying attention to simplifying my life, the rhythm of my days were still being dictated by the size of my to do list. And life is so much more than a to do list.
So I’ve decided to change my approach. I’ve decided to get choosy about the people and the projects in my life. Maybe I can’t take much off the existing list, but from now on I’m being careful when it comes to giving people my time, and I’m being choosy when it comes to the work I commit to.
And since then, I’ve started to wonder if this isn’t the missing link – if not the key – to living a better life? Reducing the excess in our wardrobes, homes and most importantly, our lives is a wonderful thing. But maybe if we were all a bit more mindful about what we allowed in to begin with, and started to think about our space, love and time as being sacred, then we’d have less need to simplify and let go later on.
I no longer feel like I’m getting glimpses of that life I’m working to create. I feel like it’s actually within reach.