Years of collecting things.
Years of receiving gifts.
Years of holding on to something, just in case.
Years of slowly adding more and more and more to your home.
Which might also mean that it take years to figure out what matters most to you.
Years to discover what motivates you personally.
Years to discover what brings you great joy.
When you live in a not so tiny house it is incredibly easy to “fill it up” because, after all, you have the space. You might feel guilty for getting rid of that thing you really don’t like but that someone you really do like gave you years ago. You might be holding on to tubs of mementos from high school or your wedding day...are you really ever going to use that unity candle for anything again? Isn’t the picture that you have in your album and symbol of beauty that it created on that special day, enough?
Perhaps you are lacking systems that allow you the joy of bringing new things into your home only because you know that something else will be removed in the process.
I don’t want to assume that anyone would just take my word for it when I say that less is more. After all, I am most likely a complete stranger to you. But if you hear my heart, the lessons that I have learned over 12 years of cultivating our home is that stuff weighs you down, stuff plays a HUGE role in how your time is spent, and stuff can potentially keep you from your life mission...not amplify it.
Perhaps the courage, motivation and confidence to live free from your stuff comes over time. But my hope would be that you could read these words and have the courage, motivation and confidence to CHANGE right now. Don’t waste time and energy and YEARS feeling overwhelmed, insecure, and defeated about your home. Think of all of the things that are more important to you than your stuff. Think of all of the things that you want to see in life. Think of all of the relationships that you want to cultivate over time and think of all of the fun experiences that you want to have with your family and with your people.
Life isn’t going to just happen the way you want it to unless YOU play a key role in making decisions to move you in the direction that you want to go. And that takes courage and confidence to change which brings freedom to live the life you’ve always dreamed of living!
Start sorting, start purging and start creating systems to keeps things simple and moving forward in your home. Having space for your family is beautiful, having all of their basic needs covered like a warm bed to sleep on, clean clothes to wear, a kitchen to cook in, and a place to gather is incredible. Don’t dread it and don’t feel overwhelmed by it. Take the steps that you need to take to cultivate it and create a home where life can FLOURISH...each and every day!