One of the benefits of being a writer is that you can work from anywhere, right?
But that’s not 100% true, is it? Your environment affects your ability to write. When the kitchen is too messy, I can’t sit at my desk and write. When there’s too much clutter on my desk, I can’t focus on the screen in front of me. And when I leave for a retreat, I subconsciously think about some of the stuff left at home — whether it’s stuff that still has to be fixed/maintained/cleaned/etc.
Over the years, this drive to hold on to things has also cost me money, be it in storage fees or not wanting to sublet when I’m away for over a month because of the things that would be left behind.
Decluttering is about both stopping the flow of unnecessary things into the house, and also culling the things in your house so that only what is useful is left. It’s not an instant process, though. I have only this summer gotten rid of a stack of VHSes (some still in plastic wrap!) and given away a DVD/VCR combo. I still have a ways to go.
Today, and going forward, I challenge you to relook at what surrounds you. Do these things make you happy, or weigh you down? (Consider that every knick knack is one more thing you have to dust, and five less minutes of writing, talking to a loved one, etc.)
I know in your closet, there is a pair of pants that are your “I hate these pants and only wear them on laundry day.” Give them away. Spend more time in the pants you love.
“Simplicity September” is a series of posts designed to focus on simplifying and refocusing. See the previous posts here: