The problem with this, of course, is that there is no industry in the less is more mentality. I mean, sure, I can make a few dollars teaching a class or writing a book about how to let go of that which no longer serves you but… there’s nothing to manufacture there. What about color coordinated baskets, walls of hooks, and the almighty Rubbermaid storage empire?
What will they make if we stop trying to fit our too much stuff into our homes in a way that looks pretty, makes sense, and is maintainable? Or, for that matter, what will they make if we stop buying all of that stuff in the first place? Oh, whatever, that’s a battle for another time. Or is it?
People who come to my classes are here because they are stuck, and often their physical space is all cluttered up and stuck, too. We get in this position because of two things. They have a tendency to over-consume (often in an attempt to make themselves feel better) and they under-release (often because they are longing for a sense of security that the stuff doesn’t actually bring).
To live more in alignment with our integrity, we have to tend to both ends of that equation. First, it’s about feeling what needs to be felt — and perhaps changing what needs to be changed — instead of distracting ourselves with a trip to the mall or the thrift store. And second, it’s about actually maintaining our space by periodically releasing that which no longer serves us. Once that stuff to space ratio is balanced, organizing and cleaning are never the crisis they once appeared to be.
When we live in balance, life becomes manageable.
That’s the bottom line we keep coming back to, isn’t it? That’s because it works, and we all just need something that works.
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