* Guest post by Jill Farris
The trouble with simple living is that, though it can be joyful, rich, and creative, it isn’t simple. ~Doris Janzen Longacre
Years ago I read a Household Hints book where the author pointed out this profound truth: even if we have the money to hire a housekeeper, we can’t hire someone to do the really hard work of managing a home; that is, going through the clutter and making decisions about what to do with it all.
A house or office with few belongings in it is a piece of cake to keep clean. Our challenge, in this century of great worldwide affluence, is to keep up with the constant inflow of paper, books and even very nice “free” items. Once we have the clutter under control, the battle is half won.
Every single item in our home requires a decision. Should we toss it, store it, use it, give it to someone, sell it, or think about what to do with it (which is really just postponing the decision about what to do with it)? Our stuff requires time and energy…even it is just a piece of paper!
Is your house cleared of stuff, the countertops and floors serenely peaceful and a delight to the eye? You have proof that you have been decisive!
We don’t need to increase our goods nearly as much as we need to scale down our wants. Not wanting something is as good as possessing it. ~Donald Horban
As you approach your space with an eye toward controlling your possessions, keep the following in mind:
“Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.”~ Lin Yutang
Jill Farris is an inspirational speaker and writer who loves her husband Doug (of 30 years!) and eight children ages 7 to 27 in the beautiful state of Washington. She speaks and writes to those who hold the next generation on their laps. You can find her at www.generationalwomanhood.wordpress.com (Like Generational Womanhood on Facebook!) or her speakers website www.jillcampbellfarris.com.
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