I recently joined a Real Estate team, Press Play Realty and they required that I read the book ‘The One Thing’. I had heard a lot of “The One Thing” lingo talked about at the office so I had a general idea that it meant focusing in on the one thing that you should do to make your life easier and more successful.
I love this quote from Gary Keller in the book:
“The doors to the world have been flung wide open, and the view that’s available is staggering. Through technology and innovation, opportunities abound and possibilities seem endless. As inspiring as this can be, it can be equally overwhelming. The unintended consequence of abundance is that we are bombarded with more information and choices in a day than our ancestors received in a lifetime. Harried and hurried, a nagging sense that we attempt too much and accomplish too little haunts our days.”
This really resonated with me in the sense that I often try to do too many things at once but I am also easily distracted by my surroundings. I actually didn’t at first connect this to my home and wanting to minimalize here too, but oddly enough I’ve ended up in this place where I want to get rid of all the clutter and distractions at home to make life more simple here as well. My husband asked me what got me started on all of this just yesterday and I told him I wasn’t even sure. He likes the idea of getting rid of stuff too, but I have an inkling that he may think I’ve gone a little cuckoo as I’ve slowly torn apart our home little by little in the evenings this week.
I’m a total YouTube and podcast junkie, I’m always listening to something inspiring when I’m getting ready for my day, so I think I first heard the idea of minimalism from another YouTube entrepreneur but I’m not totally sure. Actually now that I really think back, it may have gotten recommended in my YouTube feed after looking up how to pack everything in a carry-on for a two week trip because the concepts are similar (we are leaving for Europe in a couple of weeks and want to take everything in our carry-ons). In general, I think it all just kind of connects with ‘The One Thing’ for me because no matter what you do in life, the more you can simplify it, the easier it will be and the more likely you are to accomplish whatever it is you’re trying to get done. Whether it be picking out your outfit in the morning or trying to find your next real estate client 🙂 I also think the inner desire for this goes along with wanting to have a farm someday and live “the simple life” …if there is such a thing.
I envision this being really great for our finances overtime too if I can keep up the minimalist efforts. Let me tell you about my shopping habits. I have always have been a bargain shopper. I go straight for the clearance racks, I never pay full price for anything except maybe food, and I love to thrift shop. The bad thing about this is that I shop too often so even though I spend really small amounts at a time, it still adds up to a lot. I also have a tendency to buy things just because they are cheap but then they don’t get used because it wasn’t something I actually needed or wanted, which is super wasteful.It certainly doesn’t help that Target and TJ Maxx are both within a five minute drive from my house!
The purge. That’s what I’m calling it. Sounds like a scary movie and it kind of looks like one in our spare room right now where I’m storing all the stuff I’m getting rid of. We will be having a yard sale in two weekends before we leave for Europe because why not try to make some money off of our junk?!
Here are the types of questions I’m asking myself as I go through everything in my house:
Have I used this in the last six months?
Why do I have this?
Am I saving this “just in case”? If so, can I re-purchase it later inexpensively for one-time use?
If I were to go shopping now, would I still buy this?
Will my friend/family member that bought this for me actually be mad if I got rid of it knowing that it would make my life less stressful to let it go? Or would they even know?
Does seeing this item make me feel guilty? (i.e. my scrapbooking supplies because I never scrapbook anymore)
Do I have multiples of this same thing?
Would someone else be blessed with this at our yard sale or at the thrift store?
And a final reminder I always tell myself…none of these things go with me when I leave this Earth so really none of them matter 🙂
Have you been trying to live a more minimalist lifestyle? If so, have you been successful at maintaining a de-cluttered home? How has it impacted other areas of your personal, spiritual, or work life?
Some Pinterest inspiration to leave you feeling inspired to de-clutter too:
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I have been working to reach a point where the only things I own are those that I actually use each day or simply love. We have gotten rid of so much stuff over the past few years and do not miss at all. As time marches on I believe it will be more than comfortable living in an 800 square foot home being that it’s only my wife and myself. We have bedroom that we never use other than an occasional guest which is rare. I love having space and we really distaste clutter. I hope your journey is as eye opening and joyful as ours has been.
Thanks for sharing your experience, love that!
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I work at a college and the concept of too much choice being overwhelming is gaining a lot of ground. Where before we might have offered a student a number of electives to fill out their degree, current thinking is instead to just hand students a schedule and save them the agony of choice.