Chasing Away the Clutter

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Karrie Bhurgari

Vol 4-Issue 3 Home-schooling

William Morris said: “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”

Why Live Simply?

Number one reason: It’s a Sunnah and as Muslims, it is our first priority to follow the example of our Prophet Muhammad (sa). It is a well-known fact that he wore simple clothes, sometimes with patches. He also had few spare clothes, but he kept them spotlessly clean. (Bukhari) His house was a simple clay hut with almost no decorations. His room contained a cot and a pillow stuffed with palm leaves. He would sit on the bare floor or on a mat.

Overall, simple living has the following advantages

  • We learn to remain content with less material items, and focus on positive relationships.
  • We present an example for others.
  • We are less likely to get into debt.
  • We save money.
  • We remain environmentally friendly.
  • It is easier to clean and keep clean.
  • It makes less work for us and others.
  • It amounts to less stress and more freedom.
  • We own less, but whatever we own is of higher quality.

Getting started

  • Make Dua and sincere intention to follow the Sunnah of our Prophet (sa).
  • Realize this is a way of life. This is a marathon, not a sprint.
  • Start with the easiest places first
  • Realize your goal: It is to minimalize, not re-organize all the stuff.
  • Go room by room with a basket. Put in anything that does not belong in that space and then put it in its proper place.
  • If that thing does not have a proper place, ask yourself: Do I really need this?
  • If you don’t need it, consider donating, selling, reusing the item in a different way
  • Slowly work from room to room initially to get things back into their proper places.
  • Do this at your own pace: 15 minutes daily or from top to bottom in one go.
  • Once the first go around is completed, consider going deeper room by room.
  • Minimize and then organize

While you are going from room to room, keep handy four labelled boxes: Donate, Sell, Garbage, Fix

In the upcoming articles in this series, we will take a look at each room, what it potentially contains and how we can achieve our goal of becoming a minimalist.

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