Living with Purpose

examineWe all know what our kitchen, bedroom and bathroom are for, right?

Of course we do!

But how many of us really consider purpose on a daily basis when we are deciding what we bring into those rooms? It’s so easy to get caught up in the every-day of life and not even consider this concept.

How many times have you put something in your bedroom simply because you don’t have another place for it? Then you end up putting time and effort into working your way around the item just to take care of the tasks and purposes intended for that room.

This is the very thing that creates clutter in our homes and in our lives!

I know what you’re thinking…It sounds like a so much work considering purpose in everything. What about spontaneity and just living life?

Didn’t Socrates say, “An unexamined life is not worth living”?

It’s not as hard as you might think. It’s more about simply shifting the way you think about your stuff. A truly uncluttered life requires thought and purpose in all areas. As with any new thing, practice creates habit.

Look at each room in your home with fresh eyes. Carefully consider each item in the room and ask yourself these questions:

What is this room’s intended purpose?

Is this item helping to fulfill this room’s purpose?

If it’s not, move the item to the appropriate room, or get rid of it altogether!

4 thoughts on “Living with Purpose

  • January 27 2011 at 9:38 am
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    Thank you, Marcia! It's funny, it's such a simple concept. And yet so many people are not even aware…

  • January 28 2011 at 9:37 am
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    Thanks for the great post! I usually do this but sitting here I realize i have so many things in my office that dont' have a "home" so they get dumped here! Thanks – I think i will take a real look with purpose at what i have here and get this room back to what it should be used for! Thanks!

  • February 2 2011 at 10:13 pm
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    As a moving professional, I actually end up engaging more in "clutter" management than most would expect. It's funny because I often counsel people with the same two questions – what will you use this room for and does this item contribute to that goal? From my perspective as someone who helps people settle into new spaces – it's so crucial to get a leg up from the beginning.

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