The more you take away the better it becomes.

Wow! Your backyard is beautiful! It’s so open. I love how there are just a few huge trees, but that you can see the mountains in the distance.

These were some of the first words I uttered when we stayed at our (new) friends house in Sebastopol, CA this past weekend.

Steven responded,

It wasn’t like this when we moved in. Like everything else in life, the more you take away the better it becomes.

The More You Take Away the Better It Becomes

My immediate reaction to his words,

Oh my gosh….yes –> I LOVE that.

The More You Take Away the Better it Becomes

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We are programmed to say, “less is more,” and we’ve said those same three words forever so their impact is nearly meaningless.

But in that beautiful, simple setting with words that accompanied it so perfectly, it all started to make sense.

Our lives are filled with clutter. And by clutter, I don’t just mean all the junk that fills our houses, but also the junk that fills our minds. We are consumed by things, thoughts and excess clutter.

In that moment, I felt so much peace and the only thing in the near vicinity was the open space, beautiful vegetation, and people.

There is something so beautiful, so magical and so freeing about simplicity and lack of things, lack of clutter.

When it’s our time to leave this Earth, we will take nothing physical with us to the grave (wait, except for my cowboy boots – can we make sure those go with me?!)

Every physical possession will be left behind, ultimately making these things meaningless.

It has been almost 2 years since I’ve purged my life. I’m due for another, and this time to make it a mainstay.

I am getting rid of physical things, reducing all things and learning to silence the mind clutter.

The more we take away, the better it becomes….

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  1. I’ve been doing a lot of this. Not only physical things since we just moved into a house, but mental and LIFE things. With a wedding and finishing graduate school, I had a lot going on. I’m still evaluating what is most important, and getting rid of all the rest.

  2. I love this and I love that quote! Decluttering is so therapeutic for me. I’m trying to work on simplifying everything now and purchasing less so I don’t have to declutter later haha.

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