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The Illusion of Convenience


Our space and our time have a direct relationship. The more space we have the more time we have to spend taking care of it. The quickest way to start losing time is to add stuff to your space. Eventually, we hit a tipping point: the space plus the stuff begins to affect our physical and mental health, our relationships with those closest to us, and our bank account.


So how is it that we continue to bring more stuff into our space at the expense of our sanity? It's the illusion of convenience. We have been lead to believe that purchasing more things will free up our time. If we have more clothing, we can do laundry less often. If we have a separate set of melamine dishes, we can more easily entertain in the summer. If we buy our kids another toy, we will have time to make dinner. If we buy a case of water bottles, we will save time every day not having to refill the same one. If we buy an extra phone charger, we will save time looking for one when we go out of town. If we purchase composition notebooks in bulk, we won't have to spend time buying school supplies next year. If we buy bins to store our stuff, we will save time when we are searching for it. If we buy twice as much, we can save ten percent, and maybe we will not have to work as much.


Convenience is garbage, literally. There is nothing convenient about losing so much counter space that you can't chop vegetables for dinner. There is nothing convenient about tripping over toys in the dark and breaking your ankle. There is nothing convenient about having so many electronics cords that you can't figure out which one will charge your camera. There is nothing convenient about emptying water from a half consumed water bottle and filling up the trash bin, again, with "convenience" items. There is nothing convenient about having to sort through clothing, dishes, toys, electronics, home office supplies, and bins of duplicate items to find the one thing you actually need multiple times a day. And there is nothing convenient about getting a credit card bill that you can't afford to pay.


My advice: Question convenience and keep the garbage out of your space. I guarantee you will find it more convenient to take care of less stuff.



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