Less stuff leads to more life

Decluttering - It's not your life. It gives you a life.

I’ll be the first to say this, there is no universal path to decluttering the junk in our lives.
Everyone goes about it a bit differently.

Sometimes it's easy to wonder,"Have I attained my true decluttered, simplified ideal yet?"

When will it end?

 Here's the best part -
 There is no finish line.  
 It is no race.

The winner is always yourself.

 As you go along this path (remember, it’s not a race), cutting out the stuff you don't need, love, or find useful,  you are constantly learning more about yourself.
Growing in knowledge and experience.
 How so?
Well, when you get rid of something, it creates a vacuum.
With a vacuum, something needs to fill it. It’s nature’s law. It's up to you what to fill it with.
And guess what?
You don't have to fill it with stuff.
You can fill that vacuum with anything.

  • A sense of calm
  • Sleeping in
  • A new activity

Instead of the stress and expense of maintaining all you extra stuff, you can go for a walk, read a book, visit the beach, even clearing out enough space to sit down and figure out when the bills are due so you don't stress about it anymore.

You have more space to sit down and pay the bills.

You can easily find your walking shoes for that hike.
You know where are the beach towels and picnic basket as they're no longer buried under junk.

You enjoy reading a book in your living room instead of stressing about all that junk in there.

The vacuum can be filled with ideas, trips, or  just being at peace with your environment.

I don’t make the rules. You do.

After I purged my unneeded stuff almost three years ago, I felt a huge sense of freedom, and realized I could rent out my house and live in a different city.  I wanted to live in San Francisco for a long time, but hadn’t made the move.

This had not seemed possible before. I had less stuff weighing me down mentally and physically.

I was open to exploring new ideas. The best part was it only took 30 minutes to load the moving van! Yes, it was moving van, not a big truck.

What have you learned about yourself from decluttering?
I read all the replies so please share!