The importance of decluttering; life beyond sock-folding

Well hello, I’m back. I’ve had a long hiatus from the blog side of things. A season of quiet.

I struggle with the noise of the internet. With more people saying more things just to try and shout the loudest and get heard and build their business and sell more of whatever they’re selling. It’s not my style. I want to say something because I’ve got something to say.

So while the blog has stayed quiet, my mind has been active, with thoughts, dreams, ideas.

There’s so much to learn when we dial down the noise (some noise and chaos is just part of life, I get that, but much is there by choice, or because we let it creep it unintentionally). When we get quiet enough, we begin to hear our own inner voice and connect with our true selves. And there’s so much the true self has to tell us. That we don’t have to be productive to have worth. That we don’t have to have a job title to have worth. That doing “nothing” in the eyes of the world doesn’t make it a waste of time. That building relationships – with our kids, our families, our friends, our communities – is the richest, but often most undervalued work, we can do. In many ways this has been a richer season of growth and development for me than any season, however difficult I’ve gone through before.

I initially thought my desire to remain quiet for a season was a problem, that it felt like giving up. But I have not given up. Far from it. There’s so much I’ve learnt from this season that I want to teach. I just want to say it for the right reasons. In the right way. At the right time.

I’m still passionate about simplifying. About getting rid of all the clutter that crowds us out and weighs us down. There’s been a recent spike in interest in decluttering thanks to Marie Kondo, and several people have asked what I think of her methods. She’s got some helpful tips to get people started on their decluttering journey, and these may be just the motivation you need. However, there’s a greater purpose to decluttering than pretty homes and nicely folded socks, and sometimes this purpose seems to get forgotten amidst the obsession with just how to fold your undies. I am about that greater purpose. About the life that you can discover when you remove the clutter that is crowding out that gold.

I’m going to keep on telling this story, keep encouraging you to remove what shouldn’t be there, so that what remains brings you life, joy, energy, hope, connection, love.

It’s good to be back xx

3 thoughts on “The importance of decluttering; life beyond sock-folding

  1. Welcome back.
    I understand exactly where you are coming from about the noise of the internet. My current approach is less social media and reading blogs and connecting with people that way.
    Love to hear more of your thoughts on Marie Kondo. I only managed to watch a few minutes of the Netflix series, but after reading her books I really wish I could meet her. She is so not like me, I’m intrigued. One thing that the book helped me to come to understand was that tidying is just another skill that you can learn. As a lifelong messy person that was a revelation.

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    1. Yes tidying is absolutely a learnable skill! One thing I Marie Kondo’s book perhaps implies is that tidying up is an event, but I really think it’s a mindset shift and a lifestyle, not a one off event – there’s always more clutter to stay on top of, especially with kids and changing needs! But it’s a journey towards simplicity and it’s so worth the effort! 🙂

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      1. Agree. Some people may find it easier to be ruthless right from the start, but I found doing it in layers worked best. I can go back to an area a year later and realise there things that I am ready to let go of that I wasn’t the year before.

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