Rules of Happiness #8 – Experience, Don’t Hoard – January 13 Devotions

One of my goals for 2016 is to complete some major de-cluttering tasks and reorganize the possessions in our home in a much simpler way. After watching a few episodes of  “Hoarders: Buried Alive” on TV, I’m convinced that I do NOT want to allow our home to get anywhere close to any of those homes! I also don’t want to leave a mess behind some day for my children to have to sort through (as my siblings and our families did after my parents passed away). Plus, since we plan to move at some point, de-cluttering and organizing NOW will make that move much easier.  I have already noticed  that the more I get rid of clutter and get more organized, the happier and more peaceful I feel.

 

rules-happiness

 

So far we have covered seven of Karl Moore’s Rules of Happiness:

In case you have missed any, here they are:

Rule #1: Stop Feeling Sorry for Yourself.

Rule #2: Be Grateful

Rule #3: Say Yes More

Rule # 4: Follow Your Bliss

Rule #5: Learn to Let Go

Rule #6: Do Random Acts of Kindness

Rule #7: Happiness is Only Ever Now

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Now here’s today’s rule of happiness

 

Rule #8 – Experience, Don’t Hoard!

 

“Investing in experiences rather than material goods creates greater lasting happiness.

 

It doesn’t have to be big and it doesn’t have to be expensive. And you can always do it on your own, too.

 

By living, and truly experiencing life, we feel more whole, fulfilled and authentic.

 

So, experience – don’t hoard – and you will be happy.”  — Karl Moore

 

“When you’re curious,

you find lots of interesting things to do.”

– Walt Disney

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My reflections:

Like I said at the beginning of this post, I’ve already realized the truth of this rule: living and experiencing life, unencumbered by excess possessions and clutter, does in fact facilitate greater degrees of happiness and fulfillment.

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

Do you have a tidy home, free of clutter, or do you struggle with having too many things in too little space? Have you ever  watched that “hoarding” show? Do you know anyone who struggles with hoarding?

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  1. I am with you, I so need to declutter my home!!! I am in the process of doing it now. I had other motivation, but no matter the reason, it makes me feel much better with just the little bit that I have already done!!! Thanks for sharing

  2. I love this! I need to do some decluttering.

  3. I LOVE this post. Real happiness is not found in more stuff! I love clearing space at home and at my office to allow new ideas, new creativity and space to think openly. Great message! Thanks for sharing…

  4. I can’t stand too much clutter, it stresses me out. And you’ve inspired me to try and pay more attention to experiences than what I own.

  5. That’s true, I agree. Experience is more valuable than material things. It teaches you life lessons and even gives you wonderful memories. I would definitely choose experience over anything I can buy and replace.

  6. I have watched shows about hoarders and it’s always distressing. We used to live near one – extra distressing! The cleaners who came when she left had to wear HAZMAT suits. I have a lot of ornaments given to me by special people but anything I don’t use goes.

  7. I am a minor hoarder, but I will take an experience ANY day of the week.

  8. I come from a family of hoarders, unfortunately. I’m currently doing a decluttering challenge. It’s slow progress now that I’m back at work, but I love the sense of freedom and space I get when I throw out junk! Suddenly there’s room for the new and I can enjoy it. 🙂
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  9. Hoarding can be hard on the individual, much harder than many persons even imagine. It brings anxiety and should be avoided as much as possible. Even when my email inbox is too cluttered I feel anxious. De-cluttering is key
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  10. “As within so without” is one of my philosophies, so I try as best as possible to keep my heart and mind decluttered and then my living space will be reflective. 🙂
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  11. Love this! I have been doing some major decluttering to make room for the new stuff we will be getting soon like bedroom sets, blogging equipment. It hasn’t been easy with me starting a new job, but I agree that we must take one day at a time.
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  12. Hoarding & clutter are ‘charged’ words & are interpreted differently. I am neat & have art, pottery, glassware, tons of family photos but all have a place. I have been sorting thru from time to time & donating or designating & I believe doing a little at a time is much better than spending days. But there can be excess paper buildup, saved magazines, books, clothes, pantry items- all these things can become clutter if they outgrow the space.

  13. i am the opposite of a hoarder and in fact i often realize that in my attempt to have a tidy home i sometimes get rid of too much
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  14. Though I’m not a hoarder, I do find that our house gets cluttered in time. My desk is a place where lots of paper gets deposited and then it becomes messy.

    I agree with you Karen, it’s so good when I get everything straightened out and can breathe again – I almost feel like more air is coming into my lungs.
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  15. I think it’s great that you are committed to de-hoarding.I’m pretty good about not hoarding and if anything I’m guilty of getting rid of too much…and then finding a purpose for it after the fact! lol

  16. de-hoarding is one thing that I need to do as well. I think sometimes we have more than we realize.
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  17. Not a hoarder I like it better when my house is less clutter find am able to think better.
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  18. Coming from a family of pack rats, I admit I love collecting beautiful things. I have a large elephant collection and a smaller “peace” collection, plus some angels and fairies too. I think the generation my mother grew up in people did collect and keep things, because often they lived in scarcity situations. This kind of habit stays with people. I had a very wise healer tell me that the growing number of “hoarders” on the planet is indicative of a future population of people with brain related issues, like dementia and alzheimer’s and he relates it to the electromagnetic frequencies that we are bombarding ourselves with on this planet. My hope is we are moving away from the rampant consumerism model, to one of accumulating less and living more simply. For all of us who have lots of “stuff”, de-cluttering is a must. My daughter and I are working through my house and it feels amazing to give away, sell or throw away the things that we are no longer passionate about! Thanks for the reminder to keep the process going, Karen.
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  19. What a fun series! My husband and I are also currently working on cleaning out our clutter and only keeping things we really need or use.

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