Today’s Minimalist Miscellany focuses on the financial and relational effects of clutter, yoga and meditation, anticonsumerist performance art and gratitude.
Need more incentive to declutter? Find out how your clutter costs you money. For instance, not being able to keep track of everything you have can lead to extra expenses due to duplicate purchases or paying bills late.
Clutter may also affect mental health. After studying clients of the Institute for Challenging Disorganization, Joseph Ferrari, a psychology professor at DePaul University in Chicago says, “Clutter gets in the way of relationships. Things, not people, become what matters in life, but relationships are what provide us with a sense of community.”
Yoga and meditation may strengthen thinking skills and help to stave off aging-related mental decline, according to a UCLA study of older adults with early signs of memory problems. Interested in using the technique studied? Visit the Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation for a 12-minute yoga mediation exercise.
Fifteen years ago, British artist Michael Landy destroyed everything he owned, except for the clothes he was wearing. More than 7200 items. Pretty wasteful I think, but an interesting read. “The truth is,” Landy says, “it’s very difficult to escape consumerism in Western society. In fact, it’s almost like breathing: you can’t.”
Clare Devlin describes three ways gratitude cultivates a simpler, happier life. My favorite is, “Gratitude helps us live in the present.”