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Posted on May 31, 2013 in How to simplify | 0 comments

3 Ways to Avoid A Cluttered Life

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Picture your home and your life as a river, rather than a lake.  It flows over time.  If you don’t block the flow, it will always be fresh.  You don’t even have to stay where you are.  You can follow the flow to another place.  You can even choose if you want a slow-flowing wide river, a splashing stream, or a rushing waterfall.

  1. You can choose what flows into your house.  You can have things stay for as long as you wish.  If you feel that you have to keep gifts even if they are not useful or beautiful for you, ask your friends and family to give you the gift of time together instead.  You can go our to lunch or to a show together rather than unwrapping a vase.  If you don’t want to spend time with them, maybe you would not feel bad about donating the unwanted gift.  Why pick up that free pen/flashlight/kitten?  Because it’s free?  Remember, whatever it is, you will have to find a place for it and take care of it.
  1. You can choose who enters your house and your life, and for how long.  Fill your life with those people who bring you happiness and make you a better person.  We all have only 24 hours in a day.  Why not spend most of it with the people we care most about?
  1. You can choose what you do in your house and your life.  If you are spending much of your time out of a sense of obligation, you won’t have enough time to reflect on what you need, and what you really want to accomplish.  This means that others are setting your priorities for you.  What is really important to you?  Do that first!

 

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