OK, so I read up on “Simpler Living” this week as assigned and was particularly inspired by the following quote I came across:
Be wary of any enterprise that requires new clothes — Anonymous
I so agree!
But in the end, after reading about the evils of consumerism, saving the planet, achieving spiritual growth through de-cluttering and mending your own clothes
… after revisiting Thoreau who helped me with that brilliant thought-experiment back in January and pretty much epitomises the original “simple living” campaigner and after exploring blogs about minimalism, especially Leo Babauta’s (the king blogger on this subject) …
… so, after true and proper consideration of the ideas behind Simpler Living, I came to the following conclusion:
I am ready to embrace, not reject, my personal CLUTTER.
While I’m deeply drawn to some aspects of Simpler Living, I’m not ready to give up being surrounded by STUFF. I love all my books and the other personal belongings that make my desk most obviously my desk and make my home so obviously my home.
Imposing too strict an order doesn’t lead to simplicity, it leads to OCD!
I enjoy the mania of my to-do lists. I get pleasure from the chaos of my piled-up books. And all those post-it notes — these are my writing cheerleaders, spurring me on.
I just need more room for my mess.
Space-room and Time-room.
Time-room so that I can slow down. For more idle thinking and less panic in the hunt for things like that stray post-it which contains VITAL information I need NOW as I rush out the door. In slowing down I also find time to pile together or throw away paper messes that get in the way of the papers that are suppose to be messy.
Time-room helps simplify the bigger stuff in my head too. Like the book I’m working on. So that I take a few moments to calmly ask myself what’s the simplest, what’s the easiest, what’s the most obvious thing I should do next as I work on it.
I need to approach more of my work with simplicity in mind. And for that I need not just time, but the serenity of space … In order to create Space-room … so that I might spread out my mental clutter, other stuff will have to go.
To do that I’ve adopted the following 3-step process:
- Start regularly editing my room
- Donate more of my non-precious stuff
- Go without new clothes for the year
As the meerkat says, “Simples!”
I don’t think I need say more on the matter.