Simple: What Does It Mean?

There is a lot of buzz in recent years about “balance” and “simple life”.  Besides the ridiculous TV shows (you know who you are) about living more simply, we seem to crave a less complicated life. Why is that? If our surroundings are any indication, we are overloaded with information and advertisements. We buy things out of impulse or a perceived need.  Maybe it’s time to get back to what matters, but how do we start?

What does “simple” really mean?

To me, simple means less is more (to beat an old cliche into the ground).  Having more “stuff” can never fill an intangible hole.  Of course, you may be wondering, “what the heck does that have to do with organizing?”  Well, to be honest, a lot (some would say half or more) of the process of organizing is letting go of the excess we have piling up or lying around.  Clutter symbolizes many things for many people, and it’s not just about those things we can touch.  Clutter can run much deeper than we’d like to think it does.

Finding “simple” at the bottom of the pile.

Too much clutter can tip you off to a loss of balance somewhere internally – and it’s not just the pile of stuff teetering on the edge of your desk!  I was amazed at what I found when I started working on my office a few years ago.  I challenge you to do the same thing.  Take an area in your home office (or life) and start to peel away the layers of excess.  I bet you’ll be surprised at what you find.    You may just find out what you don’t need.  Simple, may in fact, be better.

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