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I'm thinking about this quote today from two perspectives:
1) The busy young families who are (more than likely) unintentionally acquiring more things than they know what to do with
2) Those who are onto the second phase of life - and either want or need to start downsizing their belongings
Neither place or feeling is ideal, so here are a few thoughts on the matter that may help...
Did you know that by having less, you can have more? I'm no mathematician, but studies have shown that owning less stuff - less clutter, less clothes, less toys, less everything - can lead to more joy, more time, more energy, more money (and less stress and anxiety).
But the only way to have less is to stop acquiring it or start letting it go.
I spend a lot of time with my clients coaching them through the process of letting things go, but we don't focus as much on adjusting habits to acquire less - and I think that's just as important.
The more we can say no to acquiring more (ex: let it sit in the Amazon shopping cart a few days to decide if we really need it... Or, decide that we're going to let the ship sail on the latest denim trend without buying in), the less we will have to let go of later. It's kind of a liberating idea, isn't it?
Whoops, me too. Now what?
With age and experience likely comes the perspective and clarity that the best things in life aren't things. But, as we age, we also feel more tied to certain physical items because we equate those items with memories. When we feel like we have to start decluttering or downsizing our homes, it can also feel like we are giving up parts of our old lives or our independence. Both can feel intimidating and negative.
A few thoughts:
When it comes to taking the plunge into decluttering your home and downsizing your belongings, here's what's normal:
The good news is, there are people out there (professional organizers and senior move managers) who do this for a living so that you don't have to.
If you're struggling, reach out! The sooner the better - time to work through this process gradually is the best gift you can give yourself.