The goal of simplicity is to, as much as possible, eliminate the things that suck our time, money, and attention away from the things that matter to us. Here’s a slightly-too-common example.
You want to bake some chicken strips for dinner.
You have three baking pans, and they’re somewhere in your kitchen – but you don’t know where. After ten minutes of digging through your cluttered cupboards full of tons of gadgets you don’t use you discover that the baking pans are, in reality, under twelve place settings of dirty dishes piled in the sink.
Thirty minutes later (ten minutes looking, twenty washing dishes), the dishes are washed and the chicken goes in the oven – but that throws your evening plans off by half an hours. This might mean you can’t get to the movie theater in time to watch that new release with your spouse, or you don’t have time to play Monopoly with the family. Subtracting 30 minutes from an evening can cause some serious chaos!
This happens to all of us occasionally, but there are people to whom this happens to every night, like clockwork.
In the case of the kitchen, simplicity would suggest that you….
- Recognize evaluate your situation (apply attention to the problem)
- Pare your kitchen down to the things you use and love (apply decluttering principles to the problem)
- Develop habits to either use less dishes or keep them clean promptly (apply intention to the problem)
….and reclaim the time and (potentially) money that you’re wasting.
Then when you realize you have a couple hundred extra dollars and a dozen extra hours every month, you can do something with that time and money that you love.
That’s simplicity, in a nutshell.
If you’re stuck in your decluttering, maybe a change of focus to simplifying would be the change that might shake up your focus just enough to get you past your “stuck” point!