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Have you ever lost your internet or cable or tv set, and suddenly found yourself with absolutely NO tv?

Truth is, more often than not, this is a big change from the norm, even if we don't want to admit it.

For various reasons, I've been "tv-free" at times unexpectedly.

In one case, I was living part-time somewhere else. I decided to keep that place TV-free and see how it felt.

I didn't think it would be that big of a deal, because I told myself that I didn't even watch much TV.

But no tv? Or no movies at home? That would be very different.

This is definitely something I need to find out about, I thought!

So...

At first it was very different! Very quiet. More than I expected it to be.

Time stretched out. Wow. That's a good thing.

The first result of no TV was that I went to bed earlier than usual!

The next night or so, I got my reading nook all set up (translation: a lamp. Light can be very helpful.)

Then I opened an old book I got at a thrift store. A big-name novel from several decades ago just out of curiosity. No doubt my mother read this one when it was in its heyday.

It turns out....

Reading was much nicer than having the TV on. Before long I was engrossed in my book.

Reading is peaceful and more rewarding.

There is a sense of accomplishment from reading that you don't get from TV.

So try it out! Make a No-TV day, week, or month for yourself.

Even if others are watching the tube, you don't have to. And if something special is on tv, you can always record it - or watch it on the internet.

But TV addiction is time-consuming. It also is physically immobilizing, so you have to really counteract that!

Getting away from the TV means that you read more books.

For many of you, getting back into books feels like coming home after being away a long time!

For others, it will be a new voyage of discovery, such as "where have you been all my life?"

Now there's also reading on the computer screen... It can be engrossing, but also somehow NOT restorative at all, quite the opposite. Having a real book however.... different story.

Books are still free to borrow in the public library and through interlibrary loans too.

Changing your TV habits is a good way to wake yourself up mentally.

It's inspiring and fun. Give it a whirl!

Get out your favorite books. Call your cousins to say hello. Take a class. Learn a language. Volunteer. Take long walks. Explore places you haven't been to, even those nearby.

Take advantage the free learning on the internet, including what's on Youtube for free, where you can learn just about anything!

When you become more selective about your time, you open up your ideas on how to spend this freed up time.

You switch out TV time for something better - like a walk in your neighborhood.

TV and the internet put our focus on things that are truly REMOVED from being in NATURE and experiencing life directly firsthand, not recorded, and no screens involved.

What's more important than simply being outside, to bring us greater peace of mind and fulfillment.

Decluttering is ultimately about quality of life - inside our minds as well as our surroundings.

Here's to the joy of order in your life!

With love,

Mimi Tanner
Author of Declutter Fast: How To Get Your Home In Order Almost Immediately

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