"Do not keep anything in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful" – William Morris
De-clutter your home. Start by doing that and you will have taken a very clear and strong step towards de-Jonesing your life. Then look at other areas of your life that you can de-clutter. When you begin Doing Away With Your Inner Jones, this is one of the most significant things you can do. The benefits you experience when you declutter your home are surprisingly huge. It a quick, direct and cheap route to learning how to live happy.
This is an ongoing process of course. I still have lots more to do. I have lived in my home for 13 years and although it was virtually empty when I moved in, a lot of clutter has accumulated. I have spent a number of months going through room by room getting rid of stuff. I have also started reducing the number of bank accounts I use, credit cards I use, and simplified other things in my life.
There is so much more to learn too about:
Once I began to get rid of the clutter, I saw many striking improvements in my life. I experienced many benefits including boosts in my creativity, health, and energy. Thank goodness for that.
For some people, their clutter situation can get so out of hand, that they can be described as having an addiction to clutter and experience their lives as a melee of material goods, and emotional and psychological baggage weighing them down.
I was raised in a house full of clutter, lots and lots of clutter. As a child, I was continually fascinated by other people’s homes where they had little or no clutter. As an adult, I have always strived to be clutter free. Yet, as with the rest of my life, as I became more and more “successful,” the clutter in my life and home caught up with me.
In essence, one of the best things you can do to when doing away with your inner Jones is to get rid of the clutter. Start by de-cluttering your home, and then de-clutter your life and then de-clutter your mind. None of this is any particular order of course.
A great place to start is learn how to de-clutter your home.
Written by Val Hemminger, the nonconforming professional