I have written before that I view decrappification as having multiple aspects. There is the rather obvious one of minimizing the number of possessions in my home. That leads to a streamlining of the way I organize my home, which is to say less stuff to take care of means a less cluttered environment. A third aspect, by no means the last, is a certain spiritual decluttering that comes with pursuit of simplicity.
The funny thing is, spiritual serenity can be quite elusive if it’s actively sought. Think of trying to hold on to a slippery wet bar of soap-the harder you try, the less likely you are to succeed. This past Sunday I found such serenity even though I was not actively seeking it.
I found it while planting my gardens. As I was digging up my raised beds, the aroma of soil and compost calmed me. I got my hands right into the soil as I transplanted my seedlings, and the feel of the sun-warmed soil soothed me. I marveled at how tiny the kale seeds are and the potential they contain despite their small size. I enjoyed watching wildlife from insects exploring the newly turned-over soil to the trio of bald eagles that slowly drifted on thermals above me. And I had a sense of satisfaction from taking personal and direct responsibility for the source and quality of my food.
All this without even trying!