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  • De-cluttering

    De-cluttering is one of the cornerstones of simple living and minimalism.

    The notion behind minimalism is that we accumulate stuff...and we eventually get to the point where stuff owns us. The stuff we own determines how and where we live......and what we have to do to buy more stuff and to keep what we've got. Then we have to insure the stuff so that, if someone steals it, we won't be out of pocket.

    The theory goes that individual freedom (to large part) comes from abandoning our attachment to stuff. We find that as we own less, so we have greater freedom to choose where we live and how we live. If life is suddenly costing much less, then we don't need to spend as much time working....and we're free to pursue other things like travel, volunteering......anything!

    Author Lee Childs writes books that feature my favourite fictional ex-military cop called Jack Reacher. He strikes a chord with me on so many levels. He's fearless, very handy in a scrap, answers to no-one and he owns what he stands up in - and a folding toothbrush.

    Jack Reacher is the ultimate minimalist. For as long as I'm alive, I'm never going to achieve the same level of minimalism that he does....but my journey into de-cluttering leaves me able to empathise with him. Our previous home at Bundamba was three bedrooms and a 9m x 6m (40' x 20') shed full of the trappings of a western lifestyle. We moved to Macleay Island into a one bedroom cottage with a smaller shed. In the ensuing three years, we've slimmed down but we still have a 20' shipping container full of stuff that required disposal.

    I want the shipping container for another the de-cluttering continues.

  • #2
    I've just published an article on on our most recent decluttering


    • #3
      De-cluttering is not just about getting rid of surplus possessions. It's about ridding ourselves of redundant thinking and unhelpful habits. Anyway, in this blog article, I've just outed myself as a procrastinator and committed to a 6-step program for change. Read the article...HERE...and monitor my progress in this thread - while contributing your own thoughts on de-cluttering.


      • #4
        Hi Gary/all
        First I wan't to say I really enjoy reading your blog(s) & posts, so I hope you never rid yourself of that habit
        I guess I'm borderline to a hoarder myself, at least some would say so.
        Funny thing is, some of my worst critics that always tells me I have to declutter, are the same persons that shows up asking me if I have this or that whenever they need it.
        I often do have the parts or pieces, to fix whatever (and knows where to find it in my piles of stuff) or a x-tra/spare, and I'm happy to share or give it away, I just hate to toss things, when or if I see it can come to use for someone.
        Any how every so often I'm thinking I got to thin or reduce, and I start of but I never get to an end, I find something I forgot I had and get so distracted enjoying my old "treasure" so the decluttering stops.

        Well I wanted to post this link/article
        Obsessive-Compulsive Spartanism: When Mental Illness Hijacks Your Decluttering Efforts



        • #5
          Hi Ande...thanks for the encouragement...and the linked article. I find it useful to test my thinking on most things and, having read the article, I can confirm for myself that my attachment to minimalism (and decluttering) is more about available time and the management of other resources to optimise it.

          In recent weeks, I started another Facebook Group called Have More For Less. Having broadened my de-cluttering activities, I realise that what I really need is less websites rather than more of the HMFL Facebook group is the first casualty of my attempts to de-clutter my mind and the websites that are more part of the problem than the solution.


          • #6
            The trappings of modern living...the things that consume our life energy...are insidious. They insert themselves and then viruses.

            My current concern is email. I'm the bloke who always has several dozen emails in his inbox...until today!

            I use Mac, today, I created a bunch of mailboxes and redirects. Regular emails from selected reading sources (like Medium and Resilience)...and traffic from friends and associates....goes directly to their own mailboxes where they will sit until I want to read them. Everything from anyone who has failed to heed my request to unsubscribe...and the dozens of web site proposals from those helpful IT chaps from India...all of that goes to my junk folder.

            The remaining emails...far fewer in number...will be actioned and filed.


            • #7
              My email system is working much better since I created the sender-specific mailboxes and re-directs.

              I've created daily task lists so that decluttering various spaces is done regularly. It's already working well for my tiny house, my bookcase (a shadow of its former self) and the shipping container.