How to Maximize Life Through Minimalism


Thought for today:

We have learned in DA that there is abundance in our Higher Power if we are open to it.  There is plenty of time, money and love for all of us.

By the same token, we are better off with fewer more precious items – a more minimalistic lifestyle.  Our quality of life improves when we have less meaningless clutter.  We then are left with quality.

We benefit in many ways when we seek convenience, functionality and beauty combined, in everything we own.  We can develop efficient spaces that meet our needs, or “grand spaces for small moments”.

Just as the Twelve Steps help us find a Spiritual Awakening through an internal housecleaning, they can also guide us through an external housecleaning.


DA Steps 3 – 7:

3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

A member shares:

“De-cluttering works with my mind and with my home, equally well.

“My inventory led me to have more trust in DA.  This trust led me to de-clutter my home, and allow the things I owned to leave me if they had fulfilled their purpose in my life.

“Tidying up the fragments of my mind helped me tidy up my home.  Today I make my bed every morning, no matter what.

“These simple acts I do help un-clutter my mind and make me feel more civilized.  And that kind of clarity helps my home, my serenity, and my solvency.”

All recovery is a process of letting go:

Taking the DA Steps we find that we are more independent than ever.

For example, we can identify what brings us joy and save it, enhance it, or build on it, and discard, give or share things that do not bring us joy.  If we have truly  “turned our will and our lives over to the care of God,” we can tell the difference.  Then we find we are freer than we were before.

Step three promises a better life when we turn our lives over to a Higher Power.  This includes our physical, emotional and spiritual lives.

Taking a physical inventory, just like we did the moral inventory, is another way to act our way to good thinking, and discover plenty!


Am I using my will power to turn my will and my life over to my Higher Power?  

Meditation for today:

In a restful time, we can meditate on our lives and find the answers will come.  Our Higher Power, the still inner voice, will be heard.  Heeding it will bring contentment.

If we focus our will power on decluttering our minds, our material worlds follow suit.

Affirmation for today:

“I have plenty of time.   I don’t need to rush.”

“In stillness, I discover my soul.”

“I have plenty of money to take care of my needs.  Money is coming to me each day, in many ways, and I gratefully accept it.”

“I have abundant love that encourages me and overflows my life”

Recommended reading: 

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

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