Try finding this question in any ad copy anywhere, “What can I live without?” If you do, please email it to me and I’ll feature it in the blog. As a trained consumer, it’s a question I would never ask. As a budding minimalist, it’s a question I ask all the time.
As I walk through my house I consider getting rid of something else. Can I live without that table? What about that couch? Do I need all of those books? Could I sell a few of those DVDs? At times I get a little crazy. I could really live with almost nothing, but that isn’t the point of asking the question.
The point is to reduce the clutter of your life so that you can do the work of living. Do you feel limited in what you can do because of how much you have to do before you can actually start your work? Laundry needs doing, the house needs cleaning, countless emails need reading, and the house is dirty again. You can add to this list forever and every single thing you add to the list is one more thing keeping you from your life.
Ask yourself, “What can I live without?” Start the process of decluttering your home. I know it seems daunting. Most people I know try to ignore the problem so they can pretend it doesn’t exist. That makes as much sense as ignoring cancer. Both will steal your story from you if you let them.
Start small. Dump your extra clothes so laundry can’t pile up into a three-day affair. Get rid of the things that pile up on counter tops and desks. Eat the elephant one bite at a time. When you start answering the question, you’ll be amazed at how much you can happily live without. As you make space for your story to unfold, you’ll be glad you did.