As I look around my home today I know I want to make a few changes to streamline a few areas of my home. While I don’t want my home to lose the feeling of comfort I don’t like clutter. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want my place to look like the home of a monk just a little more pulled together.
Take for instance this plant pot.
I loved the pot when I found it and have had it since 2002. The aloe plant in it has suffered for 3 years after my grandson in wanting to touch the plant knocked it on the floor. I hate to look at it, it gives the feeling of neglect to my home. It finally gave me a new sprout which I have repotted, so it’s time to bid farewell to this poor plant.
Looking in my one drawer in the kitchen I realize I could use that space better. I pared down my kitchen utensils when I moved, but I think it’s time to go through it again. I saved utensils with the thought that I would buy a hot plate to cook on, but that hasn’t happened in a year and a half so I realize I don’t need it.
John De Graff (filmaker) coined the term Affluenza
Affluenze is an illness that comes from having too much of what is not fulfilling and not enough of what is.
I had suffered from Affluenze for years. I had too many things needing my attention to keep dusted, cleaned and maintained. They stole time and money from me with my permission, without giving me the pleasure I thought they should. I have learned this past year that I don’t need even those things I held on to a year ago, believing I couldn’t live with out them.
One item I let go of this year was my car. Living in town everything is within 2.5 miles of my home, most being less than half a mile, why should I hold on to a car that costs me so much. I have found ways to make this work, first I gifted the car to my son and his wife. With his work schedule and the children getting older they really needed a second vehicle. My son also owns a SUV to get to work, this was needed after finding his car wouldn’t handle well on roads not yet plowed on his drive home, but he is thrilled to have the little car which saves on gas during the nice weather.
Giving up the car was a strange feeling. I didn’t want or need it, but it was one of those things that was just a part of my life. Everyone around me has at least one car. I decided to swim against the tide, someone has to. I am looking forward to trying out public transit when I need to head into the city for something.
What do you need more of (and less of) this year?