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Do You Have a Lot of Stuff?

I heard this on Focus on the Family radio this morning as I headed to the grocery store before the mad rush of Canada Day weekend cottagers heading north.

Three good questions to ask yourself when you’re trying to simplify your life and you’re wondering if you should get rid of an item:

Do I use it?

Do I love it?

Would I buy it again? 

The woman explained that it’s important to simplify our space, time, energy and money.

It is jaw-dropping incredible to me how easy it is to accumulate stuff and I’ve concluded that the amount does indeed seem to grow proportionally to the available storage space.

So, Chris and I fixed that.

We have no basement, we have no garage and very little storage space so we are constantly reminding each other, “If something comes in, something goes out.” 

It’s working pretty well for us…but it takes work.

When I think about simplicity, I go back to this quote from David E. Shi.

The essence of simplicity is not in renunciation, but in discrimination. It requires learning to distinguish between the necessary and the superfluous, between the useful and wasteful, the beautiful and vulgar. Simplicity requires an individual commitment rather than a particular standard of living. It preaches contentment and self-control and promises spontaneity and freedom.  

We are learning a “here and now” contentment.

…give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Proverbs 30.8b

 

2 Comments

  1. Mary Sandgren

    Diane,
    I’m always amazed at how easily “stuff” accumulates as well!
    Thanks for the reminder to consciously live with less – only what is needed. All else becomes a distraction, and we lose focus. Our eyes and hearts look for satisfaction in our belongings rather than looking up to our Heavenly Father.
    Blessings to all who read this! 💕

    • Diane (Author)

      Thanks so much, Mary. So true. It’s so easy to become distracted and lose focus. We always need to make time to re–evaluate. Wonderful to hear from you!

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