Warning: Don’t Waste Your Life Focusing on Decluttering

Have you ever wondered what is the purpose of decluttering?

What are you going to do with the free time, energy and space that you’ve gained as a result of your decluttering efforts?


In this new episode of the Midway Decluttering Show, Mike Burns, from The Other Side of Complexity and author of Simpler, shares great insights on the real purpose of decluttering and how to focus on what is most important to you.

Enjoy watching this new episode

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Here are some interesting notes I took:

  1. Have you ever asked yourself how much keeping stuff that you don’t need is costing you?
  2. We have to be intentional about the stuff that we have, so that we can focus on what is most important to us.
  3. Simplicity is a lifestyle, not a flip of a switch.
  4. If you don’t make intentional decisions, life will become complicated.
  5. The purpose of decluttering is not decluttering. The purpose of decluttering is to enable you to live the life you want to live.
  6. Clutter is not the problem. The real problem is the distraction that is caused by the clutter.
  7. Focus more on the passion, and less on the clutter.
  8. If your main focus is on the clutter, then you are giving prominence to stuff … and this is against simplicity. Simple living is all about shifting focus from the stuff to what truly matters.
  9. Decluttering and simplifying make less need for organization.
  10. There is no standard for simplicity. You don’t have to follow or copy someone else. Just simplify the way that makes sense to you.
  11. Don’t worship the terms. Instead, focus on the value that simplicity can bring to your life.
  12. To simplify, we need more insights than tips.
  13. You don’t have to be naturally organized to live simply.
  14. Your life doesn’t have to be ‘simple’. But, it should be ‘simpler’ than it used to be.

What is your favorite tip?

Please share your thoughts in the comments.


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