What is the key?

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I am forcing myself to get back on track and I am mentally trying to re-charge my journey to living better with less.

What I didn’t expect were the results of continually being in the sorting mode.   While in that mindset, you have time to repeatedly concentrate on what’s important.  What is a keeper and what isn’t.  It goes for all parts of your life.  It even effects how you chose to  spend your time.   It effects how you view people in your life and of course at the material level, what stuff stays with you.

I don’t care much about the material stuff.  I really don’t even want to sort it any longer.  I’d rather make a list and pick out the very basics I want to keep and chuck the rest.  It would be so easy to start with an empty house and hand pick exactly what I need from my stored inventory.  We are so far away from that fantasy.

my keys don't hold the answer

It’s a lot of work to sort the contents of  three story house with an attic, a basement and a two car garage.  Especially since I spent the better part of twelve years filling it with “stuff.”

I am guessing I am in the middle of my journey.  I still struggle with decisions and with changing habits.  I struggle with my new ideas clashing with society and expectations.  I struggle with sorting people.

The key here, for those reading.  Stop buying stuff you don’t need.  The tried and true method of want vs. need  is the golden rule of consumerism.  Don’t buy into the theory propagated by the mass marketing campaigns.  None of it is true.   The only thing that matters to corporations is money.  Personally, I don’t buy much at all anymore.   How could I?  I don’t even know what I have.  I opened this box (shown below)  the other day to my surprise – viola! I didn’t even know this existed.

Also  remember do not own other people’s issues.  It is nice to be concerned, but you can’t take their issues on as your own.  Do your best but keep yourself uncluttered from other people’s drama.   If you don’t, it will eat you alive.  I believe experts refer to this as reasonable boundaries.

I starting think about minimalism, and now I’m in to psycho babble.  So be it.   I’m not certain where this will lead, but a refuse to stop now.


Tip: Make a wish list of one of more items that you really want but can’t afford. Look at this list to curb your impulse spending.

Inspiration: “If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again. ” ~Flavia Weedn

One-day one-thing:  List name brand jeans that no longer fit on Ebay.

2 thoughts on “What is the key?

    elvalentino said:
    December 17, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Your post is deep in many ways. It reminds me on a saying ‘what you focus on grows’ so you if constantly have all this junk laying around your house or unessisary things/people in your life – you will begin to become transfixed into those things that we don’t really need.

    Thanks for the post,

    Nicholas – http://www.lifeindesign.org

      MsRat responded:
      December 18, 2011 at 11:08 am

      Thanks for your comment. This link, scroll down to the wolves is the perfect reminder. I probably should read that everyday. Change is hard, but at least we are trying. Have a good one.

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