#SimplifyStreamline Take II

Categories: Personal


It was over a year ago that I started this idea of #SimplifyStreamline, where I was going through all of my belongings and rethinking everything I own. I had the notion that I wanted everything I own to be able to fit into a car. Wanderlust much? Anyhow, I am definitely back on that tip. Clearly I haven’t taken off across the country (just yet) and I’m still in Toronto but that feeling of needing to get back to the basics has come upon me once again.

It started this week. I was filming in Midland, ON for a docu-drama about Kateri Tekawitha and was staying in a hotel for four days. Those days were bliss. I only packed a small suitcase and a laptop bag, so I had next to nothing in my room. I was able to focus and not feel muddled by the “stuff” around me.

When I returned home I decided that I need to carry this out throughout my place and started cleaning. The rule is: If I havent used it in a year, it’s out the door. Which seems logical and simple enough.

“Cluttered closets mean a cluttered mind.” ~Louise Hay

I went through every drawer, every cupboard and applied my rule. There are now about four boxes of stuff to take to Goodwill of things that I am sure will make someone else happy but no longer have a place in my life. And it feels great!

The things that I learn by doing this exercise is that I don’t *need* a bunch of stuff. When I am out in the malls and fancy stores all I want to do is BUY. BUY. BUY. but when I’m home I realized that I only need a few things to be happy. So I will continue to buy quality over quantity and be happy with less. And who knows, maybe one day I will get that car after all …

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