I recently came across this phrase, which has been inspiring me a lot: Have less, Do More… During the summer my husband and I began a big project of repainting the rooms of our home, as well as refinishing a staircase. Part of this “re-decoration” also included a lot of decluttering and downsizing. We are a family of two–well, make that a family of three including the cat! Over twelve years together we have managed to accumulate a lot of stuff. More and more I crave simplicity–simple, pared-down surroundings and environment, ease of function, living more mindfully with less. I wish to create more time and space for the things that really matter to me: family, relationships, health, spirituality, creativity.
Part of our downsizing included getting rid of/donating away a lot of things: books & other paper/printed matter, DVDs/CDs, clothing, household goods & gadgets, excess creative supplies. A big item culled in the downsize was our TV. Yes, we ditched the TV!
Here are some startling numbers:
*The average amount of time spent watching television is 5.11 hours ( US statistics found here: http://www.statisticbrain.com/
*The percentage of homes with three or more TVs is 65%
*The number of years the average person will have spent watching TV is 9 years
That last one really spooked me! I don’t think we’re that high on all those ratings, my husband and I. We’ve never been big TV-viewers. We do watch the occasional program or film via the internet on a laptop now that we have no TV. We try to be selective in our viewing, though. We are not missing the TV at all.
It is amazing how when you release something, space opens up–physical space, as well as mental space. With no TV (we had just the one) we have a room now rededicated to relaxation and reading only. There is one less item in the house to dust/clean. And I was finding the TV holding a lot of negative energy–especially negative energy from outside our home (think news programs, etc.) No TV is allowing space for more positive things!
No TV for us now equals more time for:
*listening to/appreciating music
*cozy time with a pet
So getting rid of our TV was a move to where less is definitely more! Do you have a TV in your home, and what is your time and relationship to it? What have you released to make way for more of something different or to welcome new possibilities? What sustains and fulfills you?
Tracy is an an artist exploring the path where creativity & spirit meet. She is currently engaged in art/painting, fiber arts, writing and photography. Her blog, A Life of Joy, is a place for creative living & everyday celebrations.