My main goal for the next year is to simplify. Simplify my stuff, our schedule and basically every aspect of my life! I want to focus on what is important to me-family.
Recently I went to Netflix for something to watch. In my “Top Picks” section something new popped up and it felt like a sign.
Minimalism: A Documentary
I have been feeling overwhelmed, mainly with “stuff”. I feel that I can’t get my house clean enough; clutter consumes it. I have known I need to simplify but after watching this documentary, I feel changed. 24 minutes in, I hit pause. I walked into my closet and started pulling clothes out. Clothes I haven’t worn in a year, would never wear or have no need for. You know what happened? I filled five clothing baskets, freed up a hundred hangers… and I smiled. I felt relief, joy and contentment.
I moved to my dresser…. more stuff I didn’t need. I removed items, reorganized. More relief consumed me. I felt a feeling I’ve been searching for. Simplifying my clothing was a small first step but it brought more happiness to me than any new material item could. I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders.
Do material items really add value to my life?
I used to think they did. I spent money on items that weren’t necessary to keep up with what society portrays as happiness. Buy this, feel great. Buy this, your life will improve. Buy this, a new model… even though your old model still works well. I’ve done this, I’m sure you have been there too. But I never felt joy, never felt whole after the purchase… I only felt guilt. Guilt of spending the money, being wrapped up in an endless amount of stuff. Unnecessary stuff.
Lately I’ve been working on saving more, spending less after reading Living Well Spending Less by Ruth Soukup.
Trying to focus on what we have instead of what society thinks we need. Sometimes I fail. I’m not perfect. But I have been improving and changing my mindset.
I’m looking forward to a new year. A fresh start! To simplify and get rid of items that don’t add value to our lives. To focus on what’s truly important… not material items, or what others have or do… but what truly matters to my family.
Do you feel overwhelmed with stuff? Your Spending? Your schedule?
Do you want to carry that weight with you in the coming year?
I know I don’t, I’m tired and ready to let go of the stuff that holds me down. To focus on what is truly important to me. We have a lot of great things planned for 2017. I’m excited to see how wonderful it can be.
What are your goals for the new year?