Hello. I’m Brett.
The purpose of this website is to encourage you (and myself) to be intentional about living according to our top priorities. We simplify and get rid of junk (mental, physical, spiritual, and financial clutter) so that we can be freed up and energized to pour ourselves into our key relationships and other priorities.
I’m an extremely selfish guy. The sole purpose of this website is to help myself declutter my life. I figure if I write in front of other people, then I’ll have some sort of accountability. If the content helps you, that would make me extremely happy, too.
Decluttering a Life in the Suburbs
I’ve seen American Pickers. I know that clutter exists out in the country. I also know that city dwellers can cram their lives and living spaces full of junk that doesn’t need to be there.
But the suburbs carry a unique temptation toward adding and adding and adding without subtracting.
I’m a dad and husband. My family lives in the suburbs. We are within 6-7 miles of four Targets. There are two Walmarts within roughly the same distance. Also, there are three Home Depots and a Lowe’s, a major mall, four movie theaters, about 83 grocery stores, and 173 restaurants in the Chili’s category.
It’s easy to accidentally accumulate things – from toys to weight to calendar clutter.
Clutter is a first world problem for sure, but it’s a problem that needs to be tackled.
And clutter isn’t only an issue of garages, attics, and basements: it’s relational, spiritual, financial, logistical, mental, emotional, and physical.
This blog is about learning to find a sensible simplicity. I’m not concerned with being a strict minimalist. I won’t count the number of items we own (at least at this point in our journey). I won’t take all the decorations off our walls and paint it stark white.
But I’ll make attempts to attack it. Join me if you’d like. Or treat it like a cooking show – you know how we love to watch people cook, but we rarely try the recipes: If it entertains you, read it. If not, switch to ESPN or the online equivalent.
I told you about my family.
For a living, I work in the property and casualty insurance world. I’m not here to sell you insurance. For fitness, I walk and jog, lift a few weights, and play tennis. For fun, I love to write and make jokes with my wife and goof off with my kids.
I am a Christian. I will talk about that on this blog from time to time. One of the main reasons for decluttering is to live a more focused life. The center of that focus, in my mind, should be Jesus Christ. Everything should flow from there. That said, we all need to trim the fat in our worlds. Most principles will apply.