As you know, I already downsized my digital life a bit by deleting my Facebook and Twitter accounts.
But there is more to a digital declutter than just opting out of social media. Sure, my sanity is already improving by removing the constant influx of negativity that social media news feeds can provide… But there is a lot more that can be done to help free the mind and, yesterday, I began doing it.
Lately, I’ve been feeling incredibly overwhelmed by just about everything in life. There have been a few times where I felt like the walls were about to cave in, and that I was going to have a panic attack right in the middle of wherever I was at. It’s unsettling to feel this way. I’ve been attempting to combat these feelings by taking a lot of walks and soaking up the sun.
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden
It’s been close to a year since I first started decluttering life. It started with a few books. Then there was a very compelling documentary. And then the discovery that less is more.
Over this past year, I would say that my family has cut down the clutter by half. And I feel good about that, but I also feel that there is still so much. It’s not that I want to have a home with completely bare walls or rooms… that would be silly. I just want to have a home that seeks to place importance on something other than the stuff we acquire.