Getting rid of the extra stuff we don't need in our lives is essential to simple living. It allows us to get the work done quicker so we can get back to the important things in life. Now, I'm not saying get rid of everything in your house that isn't essential, or that cleaning isn't important. I actually believe that having a home that you love and that you are comfortable in is important as well. It's just all the extra stuff that's taking up space and doesn't have a purpose that is the problem.