Undo. Untie. Unwind. Unschool. Ungather. Unclutter.
Understanding that we have made mistakes in life is crucial to our survival both in relationships and here on Earth. Everything we do connects us to everything else in the world and beyond.
If we consume too much palm oil – then far away habitats and orangutans that we will never see, suffer from loss of biodiversity. If we exceed our alcohol intake on a regular basis, then our body suffers along with family and work relations. If we eat too much sugar, we risk losing control of our health. If we buy too many clothes we are ruining agriculture as we know it.
If we consume too much of anything we are creating an imbalance.
So why are we addicted to buying and collecting too much stuff?
We were once hunters and gatherers, it worked for many thousands of years. We ate what we could catch from the wild and stored seasonally what we gathered from the water, the hills and the forests – we knew to identify the good and distinguish it from the bad, we also practiced moderation. Then we started to become “more wealthy” when industry, instead of nature, began creating a plethora of things for us to admire and enjoy.
Collecting is a modern form of gathering. And it can quickly become an unhealthy relationship. Many of us are unabashedly gathering cheap (or expensive) items to fill our homes and our souls with tiny treasures. We are lacking something that we don’t dare to guess and gathering to fill the missing happiness that we cannot find.
With the right knowledge and understanding we can begin to undo the damage we have blissfully embraced with our excess consumption.
I get it. We are tired, stressed and busy. I have been there before, right along with you. And I know that it isn’t a fun place to be. Working hard to make ends meet, to put a roof over your head, to feed your family. We work to exist, then come home to rest and start all over again the next day. Unfortunately, it usually looks like this – the more we earn, the more we want. But the good news is, there are ways out of a conventional life.
We must learn to ungather all the things we thought were necessary.
This means uncluttering your life, getting back to the essentials and enjoying only what you need. It is possible to be happy with little when it is enough.
With a little untraining you can once again discover joy in life by basking in the glow of less.
Unsure of where to start?
You can read my uncluttering story here and then take the first steps in your own journey.
If you need guidance along the way, don’t hesitate to ask an online uncluttering coach.
What will you be getting rid of today? Leave a comment and let the world know exactly what you do not need!