Here’s a little more wisdom from Edwene Gaines’ book, The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity: A Simple Guide to Unlimited Abundance which aligns nicely with the voluntary simplicity philosophy.
This is the first of fourteen suggestions for increasing integrity and self care.
Day One: Strive for Order
“Get organized, clear the clutter and chaos. Take a step, chose a task, clean a closet, balance the checkbook, wash the car, tackle a junk drawer. Do something to bring more order to you life. Develop a habit of neatness. Put things back when you are done. Find a place for everything and put everything in its place. Get rid of things you no longer use and donate them to charity. When we begin to bring order to our outer lives something magical occurs inside. We begin to feel lighter and less stressed. We feel more peaceful. We signal to the universe that we are ready for more good and we have the space for it to flow to us.”
I am addicted to the feeling that results from clearing out the junk. The more extraneous stuff I get rid of the better I feel. My clothes closet has free space for the first time in years. Don’t misunderstand, I still have my weaknesses: books, DVDs, and cooking utensils for example. But overall I am becoming much more selective in my purchases. Year by year, layer by layer I am slowly disposing of what doesn’t serve me. I love the idea of being surrounded by only what I absolutely love or what serves a specific function.
My journey is far from complete having met and married the man of my dreams who came with three generations of accumulated stuff. He is the antithesis of simple and streamlined. But, every week I take a stab at getting more organized.
Yesterday I tackled the spice cupboard. I cleared away all the outdated tasteless odorless spices and and organized the few remaining jars. Moving forward I plan to buy spices as I need them in the smallest quantities possible to minimize waste and maximize freshness.
Are you ready for more abundance to flow to you? What can you clear away to create the necessary space?
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