From The Artist’s Way To The Zero Waste Home

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Desire, ask, believe, receive.  Stella Terrin Mann

Have you ever felt just stuck? Lately, I have. One of the ways this manifests is in my absolute frustration with the clutter and sheer amount of stuff in our house and garage. It drives me crazy, so crazy.

But really, the clutter didn’t just appear out of nowhere. I’m the one who let this stuff in the door. I haven’t been as vigilant as I should be, and I didn’t make a plan for dealing with changes in our lives that brought material things (and thinking) our way.

What to do? As always, I turn to my books.

A long time ago, I joined a group study of The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. Pages 62-67 discuss synchronicity, those moments of meaningful coincidence that occur once we start to express our desires and take action, opportunities begin to open up around us to answer our these prayers or fulfill these dreams.

Those conversations made a big impression on me, so I resolved in my heart that I would take the initiative to simplify our home and life.

Happily, a short time after, a Remodelista email mentioning Bea Johnson and her blog landed in my inbox.  I followed the link to Zero Waste Home and read as much of her writing as possible. This was exactly what I needed, something to inspire AND with a focus.

Bea Johnson simplified her life to 1) have more time, energy, and money to truly live her life and enjoy her family and 2) help the environment by consuming and living purposefully.

I bought her book, The Zero Waste Home, and came up with a (baby) step-by-(baby) step plan for our home, so I wouldn’t get myself into a super hypomanic state and start strongly and darkly insisting on getting them all done all at once.

I’ve started slowly purging unnecessary material goods, making small purchases here and there to properly stock the house and prevent waste of time and money. It feels good. In short, I am on my way out of stuck-dom, thanks to a lovely bit of synchronicity.


Keep on asking, and it will be given you; keep on seeking, and you will find; keep on knocking, and it will be opened to you; for everyone asking receives, and everyone seeking finds, and to everyone knocking, it will be opened.
Matthew 7:7,8

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