I had a very stressful day on Wednesday and found myself watching Clean House that evening. I had to do some thing to keep myself from even thinking of retail therapy, so Clean House and working on my Etsy store, was the perfect solution. Even after all this work I’ve been doing to free myself of unnecessary consumerism I still thought about retail therapy. I am proud of myself to staying true to my mission of no emotional shopping though. All I really needed was a good meal and a chat with a wonderful friend.
After two episodes of Clean House, my husband came home and I immediately thanked him for just saying yes every time that I wanted to get rid of a piece of furniture or reorganize a room. There were at least two setups that he couldn’t stand before we finally settled into the one we have now, yet he always agreed to let me experiment and now we are both content with a beautiful decluttered home.
On Clean House I noticed couples using American-style consumerism and things to mend emotional grief, stress, and pain. It only caused more of it and further divided their relationship and family. Decluttering, selling the unneeded items, and reinventing their previously treacherous space brought joy to everyone. Many of the guests on Clean House realized that they didn’t need those things after all.
I honestly believe that cleaning out not only frees up space in your home, but also allows new energy of beauty and abundance to come into your life in the exact ways that you need it most. One of my most glorious accomplishments toward a more minimalist lifestyle this past year and a half has been paying down $20,000 in debt. It will be completely paid off this month as I have a balance of $245.00 on my last credit card. Taking on a minimalist perspective as well as decluttering has helped me grow in ways that has become more than just debt repayment. I’ve learned to be grateful for everything that I do have, and know that my needs will always be met.
I’ve always had more than enough and although I’m doing a bit of clearing out right now, I know that whatever enters into my space will only be exactly what I love and need because I’ve learned to be very specific about what I use my money on. It is not how much you spend on your home or all the things you have that matters. It is more about having a clear space to see what you have and enjoy the things that do mean something to you.
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