How I Started Living With Less.
What is minimalism?
There are many different answers to this question depending on who you ask.
Some believe that it’s only owning a certain amount of objects, some think it’s keeping just enough to put in a backpack and travel the world unhindered by possessions. Some believe it’s only saving things that spark joy. For me, it’s being able to live with less.
Less than the average person in Britain or America.
It’s a feeling that you already have what you need
It’s the feeling of peace and calm you get from space rather than clutter.
It’s the feeling of freedom which simplicity brings.
If I lived on my own, I’d have almost no possessions, no TV, and tidy house.
But I don’t, and as I can’t get rid of everyone else’s possessions, I have to find a way of dealing with their “stuff” and continue in my quest of living with less stuff.
My partner is a borderline hoarder who keeps boxes from phones he no longer owns!
I too battled for years to contain my “stuff “, I would stuff it all in drawers, cupboards and the garage.
The house would be serene looking on the surface, but everywhere else was a tangled mess of chaos.
I had the urge to get rid of everything I owned, to make my overstuffed drawers and cupboards as clutter free as the surfaces, so I started to get rid of stuff and it felt great. However, I just kept filling up the newly acquired space with new purchases.
Then one day, I stumbled across a book which put me on a journey to simplifying my life.
It immediately changed my attitude to shopping and clutter; it gave me a plan, a way to achieve the “click point” in my life, where I could actively live with less and everything I own, I love.
If you only read one book this year make it this one!
The author Marie Kondo lives in a small traditional Japanese apartment with very little storage, and from a very young age has been fantastically organised. She talks about her struggle to contain other people’s stuff and how she overcame the urge to throw other people’s stuff away.
She explains how to simplify every area of your life, step by step through all the categories, in a practical, methodical manner guaranteed to have you staying clutter free for good!
Who else keeps me motivated?
It has to be The Minimalists. I love these guys because they had it all, they had a great job, the fancy car, the expensive apartment and they gave it all up, sold everything, worked as coffee baristas to live a debt-free, minimalist life.
Although they are the extreme end of the minimalist scale, they have some fabulous thoughts on debt, buying stuff and the adverse effect our need for things has on our well-being.
I particularly enjoy listening to their podcast while driving or doing my chores!
It gets me motivated! Click here to check it out; it is of course FREE!
Can you be happy living with less?
A lot of children and adults struggle to thrive in a cluttered, chaotic environment.
It’s stressful trying to look after and keep up with all the possessions we hang on to out of habit.
We spend a lot of time trying to organise and clean our stuff instead of going out and enjoying time with our loved ones.
A streamlined life enables us to enjoy time out, if you’re not spending your money on useless possessions you’ve got more money to spend on creating memories and you are not getting into debt.
You could start saving for a holiday or an emergency fund or even give to charity.
How do you start to declutter your life?
I’ve created a plethora of organising and decluttering posts, designed to ease you gently into the art of decluttering, they are simple concise and most only take about four minutes to read.
These posts are designed to help you jump in wherever you are, to start to create good habits to keep you on track. Your home didn’t get chaotic overnight, so don’t expect to be able to fix it all in one day.
Take your time and do whatever you can, when you can.
Try some of these posts to get you started!
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