Let's get the statistics out of the way. $38 billion dollars are spent every year on storage units. Don't have a storage unit? That unused clutter is still costing you $10 per square foot in your home.
As Americans, we toss out 65 pounds worth of clothing each year. American kids own 40% of the toys available globally, yet are only 3.1% of the world's population. And we spend more on shoes, watches, and jewelry than we do on higher education.
Yet, studies show that none of this consumerism is making us happier or richer. If you're really looking to create positive lasting change in your life, keep reading. I'll share how to refocus your priorities to help you dig out from underneath all that clutter.
Turns Out Less Is More
We're taught that more is always better. That the bigger house, car, wardrobe, and wallet means better and happier.
But does it? Because recent studies are showing that it's the opposite that's true. Not feeling as happy as you'd like? Try subtracting that which isn't contributing to your deepest values and desires rather than trying to add something.
How to Take Action
Create a bucket list of what you truly want out of life. Now ask yourself the following questions:
Is anything on that list because you'll think others will be impressed?
Is anything on that list because it'll validate you in any way?
Will this feed your soul?
If you answer "yes" to the first two questions, scratch it off your bucket list because you're doing it for the wrong reasons and it's never, ever going to fulfill you the way you want it to. If, however, you're doing it because it's going to light you up and fill you with pure love and joy, then do it!
This System Works For Your Stuff, Too
Keeping your values and goals in mind, go through your belongings. Here's what to ask yourself:
Which items feed my soul?
Which items remind me of how magical, smart, funny, capable, and awesome I truly am?
Why am I keeping anything in my life that doesn't reflect that back?
The more you surround yourself with what you want to see, experience, and have in your life, the easier it is to achieve your dreams and goals. And you're worth it.
Keep in mind, priorities, values, and desires change over time. What you once found fulfilling at 25 may not fill your heart up at the age of 50. It's a good idea to write out a new bucket list every year. You can see how far you've come and how much you've changed for the better.
If you're struggling to get back in touch with yourself, that's okay. Decluttering helps you find the person that's hiding underneath all that clutter.
And sometimes, having a support system and guide can help you find yourself again more quickly and easily. Contact me today to learn how I can help.