Sunday, January 26, 2014

One Sign You've Got Too Much Stuff

One sign that you've got too much stuff is...

You can't keep up with it.

That might seem very logical, but sometimes it takes us a little while to wrap our minds around that fact.  We might think if we were just more organized, or if our kids quit making messes, or if I just had more energy, when in reality we have more stuff than we can keep up with.  

Having too much stuff is something I am thinking about often these days.  I could probably create a full time job out of just doing laundry.  I am never finished.  There is always dirty laundry waiting to be washed, laundry in the clean basket waiting to be put away, and laundry on the floor that is in a questionable state.  I am thankful that we have more than enough.  But if I cannot keep up with it, maybe I need to pare it down a bit.

I started this minimalist journey about a year and a half ago, and I live in constant shock and amazement that I have been taking care of all this stuff for so long.  Since we  have started getting rid of various items, papers, videos, clothing, dishes, books, etc., I have noticed we have a lot more time to focus on something besides cleaning the house.  Even though I constantly feel overwhelmed with the laundry, and the dishes still (I am not a fan of dishes), I can tell the difference in the amount of time we spend cleaning and the amount of time we spend as a family getting out and exploring.

Challenge yourself today.  Look at how you spend your time.  Do you have time to adventure and learn with your family or are you just constantly maintaining stuff?

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