Over the past few years I’ve adopted the idea of minimalism more and more. I’m definitely not to the extreme of having next to nothing, and my house often gets cluttered with toys and things sprawled out everywhere. But I have grown to love the idea that less is more, and that having fewer things can mean more joy. I’ve never been one to want it all, but this idea of simplifying my life has brought me more joy and I want to help you get that too.
People sometimes ask me how I keep my house so clean. The truth is that it’s not really that clean. But by keeping it organized and having less stuff around, it appears to be cleaner than it actually is. Staying organized helps to make your space feel less stressful and overwhelming even when it is dirty and messy. I refer to it as organized chaos. Even though things can get a little crazy at times, staying organized helps to have less clutter and a clearer mind in the craziness. Have you ever felt so overwhelmed that you just needed to clean your space or organize your office before you could process what to do? That’s exactly what I’m talking about.
But with less things, staying organized is easier. Your house will get messy, things will be out of place at times, but putting it back together may be a little bit easier if you keep it simple. Part of staying organized and avoiding clutter is to have a place for everything and to keep everything in its place. And naturally, it’s easier to find a place for everything when there’s less stuff around.
Focus on the good stuff
Less things = less stress. Less stress = more joy. Sounds simple right? It may not be as easy as 1, 2, 3, but in the end, having less has brought me more joy. Having less to take care of and less to worry about gives you more time to enjoy what really matters. We get caught up in the notion that we need more. More things, more money, more success. But all of those things can easily get in the way of the good stuff. By having less in your life, you actually have room for more of the good stuff – the stuff that really matters in life like people, moments and memories. Those things that you just can’t live without can be easily overshadowed by things we think we need.