Periodically I cross a threshold and feel the overwhelming urge to simplify every aspect of my life. It’s as if a timer has run out from the previous culling back, and enough physical and mental clutter has filled back up.
Clean out inbox, delete old text messages, redo budget spreadsheet, organize desk, clean out car, get rid of clothes I don’t wear anymore, delete apps, cancel subscriptions. With each task a little more mental capacity opens up.
There is a creeping effect in life when it comes to complexity, and I believe wholeheartedly that distraction, excess, clutter, baggage, and most non-essentials are the weight that keeps us from living freely.
William Morris wrote,
“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
What a helpful rule of thumb—useful and beautiful—as we evaluate and eliminate to be able to focus on and appreciate what matters the most.