“Quotes in Action” – Day 4

"Many wealthy people are little more than janitors of their possessions." ~ Frank Lloyd Wright

We are still early in the month of looking at “Quotes in Action.” All month long we are using quotes as a jumping-off point for taking positive action. Today I’m quoting famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Not only did he design beautiful structures, he also had a healthy perspective on what people should keep inside of them. Wright said, “Many wealthy people are little more than janitors of their possessions.”

As a professional organizer who has worked with clients for more than a decade, I have become keenly aware of the burden that physical possessions can be. While belongings are intended to bring joy, I’ve seen that they often drag us down, especially when we are carrying too much.

Everything that we own requires something from us. For example:

  • A lawn needs to be mowed, fertilized, and watered
  • A set of copper cookware requires regular polishing
  • Carpets and floors need to be cleaned
  • Musical instruments should be tuned and used
  • Cars need to be driven
  • Valuables need to be insured and properly stored
  • Electronics need to be updated and upgraded

This is just the tip of the “ownership iceberg.” In addition to these janitorial tasks, we often expend mental effort worrying, feeling guilty over, and experiencing regret about things we have bought or otherwise acquired.

Having things that we love, use, and need is a wonderful blessing. However, there is a breaking point at which we are spending a disproportionately large amount of time and/or money maintaining our belongings in comparison to the benefit we are receiving from them.

Have you ever felt like the janitor to your own possessions? After reading this quote, is there anything in your life that you are ready to let go?

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