Stress can be alleviated significantly if we just take some times to help our situation along by simplifying. Everyone is guilty to some degree of hoarding stuff we really don’t need including me. I try to keep it to a minimum and my wife says I do a fairly admirable job of it unlike the men in her family who have two garages and a shed packed floor to ceiling with stuff. I keep some things but try my best to sell, donate or give away to family and friends things that I have multiples of or don’t need.
Simplifying your life will lift a big weight off your shoulders I assure you. I used to keep all kinds of stuff and had it packed away all over the place. One day I had enough, I was having some personal issues and issues at work and needed a change. I decided that my life was too complex and need to be pared down significantly.
I pack all the stuff in boxes I didn’t need and stored it in a friends basement, if I didn’t have to make a trip to the basement for a few months to get something, ALL The boxes would be sold at a garage sale and anything that did not sell would go to Goodwill. I ended up getting rid of everything and haven’t looked back since.
Don’t get me wrong, things that I use I keep, along with spares. I need tools, my preps, etc.; I don’t need boxes of comic books, boxes of outdated hard drives and modems, and clothes I never wear. It feels good to have a simple existence. I don’t have the stress or the burden that having excessive stuff carries with it.
I have everything, for the most part, neatly stored and organized and it makes finding the things I need a breeze. I maintain all my stuff, keep it clean, and I put it away when I am done using it. This will do wonders for your mind, I know it sounds strange but there will be a peace that comes over you because you have everything in its place and you know exactly where it is. I must say it is a very good feeling that becomes addictive once you get started. You will actually need to be careful because you DON’T want to get rid of things that you really may need. Once you start purging it is tough to stop.
Some simple exercises to help you get started:
1.) Your keychain – EVERYONE ends up with crap on their keychain they don’t need. It could be a discount card for a supermarket you don’t shop at, to the car key for the car you owned three cars ago. Everyone has that small key on their ring, the one that for the life of them can’t remember what it is for. Clean up your keychain, most people need a car key or two and house keys and that is it. You keys will be lighter and there will be room for stuff like micro lights or micro multi-tools.
2.) Your wallet or purse – Everyone has cards in their wallet and purse that are expired or they don’t need. Get rid of all the paper, trinkets, and stuff that for men can LITERALLY be a pain the ass and for women could turn you into a bodybuilder try to lug that 50 pound handbag.
3.) Your bookcase – I was guilty of this in a big way. I had IT books going back to DOS; they were so woefully out of date and would be little use to anyone, except as a history lesson. Clean out the book case and get rid of books that aren’t needed any longer or are outdated. Clean up those piles of magazine, organize them and store them in magazine holders if you want to keep them, recycle the rest.
Once you start the process you will feel so good you will immediately want to move on to your vehicle, your shed, your garage and finally your home. Organization will make you more productive and less stressed and therefore a happier person. Nothing says you need to make this transformation over night, but you need to start somewhere and that is why I suggest you start small with the three items I listed first.
Simplify your life, you will live longer and live happier.
...that is all.