I like to compare key chains to the amount of stress, clutter, responsibility or complexity in a person’s life.
Have a look at your keys, do you need ALL of them? I used to have keys for the sake of having keys when I was in my late teens and early 20’s. Keys that were for things that didn’t exist anymore or for doors I never used, or needed to use. I think it somehow made me feel like more of an adult, or more important, which sounds ridiculous now!
Here are my keys at the moment…
If you have an item that isn’t redundant, but just doesn’t really get used, then keep it somewhere else with other important things. Most people have a box or two with things they are attached too but keep it hidden away where it doesn’t clutter living space. Although you don’t want all your storage space cluttered with junk either!
How nice is it coming home to a clean house? How comfy is it getting into a made bed?
Living the minimalist lifestyle
A lot of people have adopted a minimalist lifestyle to varying degrees. It could be stripping all unnecessary and superficial things from life (living on the land and making their own clothes for example) to just cutting out a bit of clutter. I don’t know anyone who is less happy after cutting out superficial things, and people, from their life!
We fill our lives with meaningless, superficial things so quickly when we’re unhappy as we scramble for quick hits of happiness. We take on more responsibilities at work and home in an attempt to fill voids. Before long, our ‘key chains’ are burdened with things we don’t need, and don’t make us happy.
Are there some things you can remove from your life that you don’t need and keep only the ‘keys’ that you need?