Dishes in the sink are asking you to wash them. Stuff by the door is constantly reminding you to take them here or there. Items for that old or new hobby are asking when you’re going to get around to them. Our things want our attention!
Fumio Sasaki introduces the concept of, “the silent to-do list” in his book Goodbye, Things: The Japanese Art of De-Cluttering and Organizing.
He says that our things speak to us, asking us to take care of them and providing us with a silent to-do list. There’s a lot of stuff in your life, and it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by it all. The less stuff you have, the less items to care for and the less time your items take up. That leaves you with more time for what really matters.
So, what’s been talking to you? Can you let go of a few items on your silent to-do list? Forgive yourself for not getting to it yet. Set a deadline for it or let it go. You may never mend that shirt, and letting go of it is okay!
You are enough and you have enough and I’m glad we’ve had this talk!
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