Who Doesn’t Want To Live A Happier And More Fulfilled Lifestyle?
One of my goals is to declutter our home. Not only because we are at the point where spring cleaning begins but because I recently adopted a lifestyle of “less clutter, more time”. A minimalist lifestyle that means our family is able to enjoy life more by owning less.
Minimalism or the minimalist lifestyle encompasses a number of different practices to simplify your life. These include self-improvement, productivity, reduction of possessions, and reclaiming time.
Decluttering your life of anything you do not want = FREEDOM!
I love letting go of extra crap. I won’t call it spring cleaning because we will be declutter until we are happy with the changes. It is an on-going process, that has become a part of our daily routine.
We don’t like to keep paper unless it is absolutely necessary. For the most part, all of our bills are emailed. We do however, keep up with tax documents just out of sheer paranoia but if you efile, there is usually a virtual copy of everything you do at tax time.
Here’s the big picture. There are just way too many things we hold on to that we don’t need.
The amount of stuff we our almost two year old, the hubby and I own, you could easily mistake us for a family of five! We decided to make a change, and here we are.
So now back to the issue at hand.
How to genuinely enjoy life more by owning less?
You need a strategy, a routine, discipline and commitment.
Have you noticed that in various places in your home, for example, in drawers, boxes and cupboards in your garage, basement, or even rooms you just keep “junk”?
Boxes of items you don’t need, don’t use, maybe some you do not even remember owning.
Why do we do this? Well, we are creatures of possession.
Do you go out shopping and return home with a car load of items – some of which you don’t really need? Different seasons call for gift giving. We receive gifts and as a consequence keep adding to what we possess, without going through the process of eliminating the items we no longer need.
Organizing your home (translate: keeping items neat and tidy ) is only a temporary solution.
An organized home is great. I support that and love it.
Do you know that organizing items you no longer need is a waste of time? Why? It means you will end up coming back to those very items in order to repeat the process.
So here are my suggestions for you on how to free yourself from any future added stress and overwhelm so you can enjoy life more by owning less.
1. Saving Yourself Time
Adopting a minimalist lifestyle will save you time in terms of cleaning, tidying up, and reorganizing your home. I am all about ways to save time and boost your productivity.
It is important to allocate time for yourself every day to do something you enjoy.
- Make your me time a priority
2. Save A Whole Lot Of Money
When you make daily conscious efforts and decisions own less stuff, your tendency to purchase unnecessary things will diminish. That’s the truth!
By buying less, you will be spending less. Sceptical? Try it out for at least a month and see how much you money is saved.
- Save the extra cash and spend on something important that will benefit the family.
3. Get rid of duplicates
Here in Austria you will almost never find buy one get one free deals. Those are pretty much non-existent here, so the urge to resist grabbing that opportunity when it arises is tough.
Even if it is an item we don’t need. Hey, it’s free right?
Have you ever searched your home for something, couldn’t find it so you bought another – or two more? Accumulating duplicates. The best thing to do is to get rid the older of the two.
- Let go of the “just in case” mentality.
4. Less Stress – Less Anxiety
A great way to enjoy life more by owning less is to eliminate daily stress. I love to give stuff away for free, so when I know there is someone in need whom I can give our extra items to, I get a box or bag together and fill it up.
Living a life with less clutter is an amazing step and benefit to the way you start and end your day. You will notice negative life stressors replaced with positive thoughts.
The way you approach your day, as well as your perspectives on life will attract good things.
- The process is both freeing and therapeutic.
5. Leave The Past Where It Belongs
Do you feel emotional attachments to items in your home due to guilt, pain or sadness?
Ever felt the need to hold on to something out of obligation? It is alright to let go.
You may have items you have inherited from a family member who passed away or a gift you received for Christmas that you really don’t like. No fear, someone else might be able to put it to better use.
The power of letting go is knowing that even though that item may hold sentimental value, it is not beneficial to you.
Have you taken in all the benefits of owning less? Make it a point to get rid of at least three items in your house every day. Slowly but surely, notice the change.
The amount of space you create will surprise you. I suggest starting with one room first. Finish that room completely, then move on to the next. Take your time, you don’t need to do this all in one day.
- Here ‘s a link to a post I wrote on How To Declutter Your Kitchen In 5 Minutes!
When you have less, you appreciate and cherish what you do have even more.
Open your eyes and re-discover the true value of the things you’ve taken for granted, only then can you really enjoy life more by owning less.
Now Over To You…
Have you mastered all the steps above?
What steps have you taken over the past 12 months to simplify and declutter your life?
Have you noticed yourself becoming happier by owning less?
Share your thoughts and experiences with me in the comments section below.
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