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Who Doesn’t Want To Live A Happier And More Fulfilled Lifestyle?
One of my goals this month 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 and mindset that means our family is able to enjoy life more by owning less. Purposefully deciding to own fewer possessions is an important step in getting your house in order, as well as your finances.
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.
Chances are pretty good that your house or apartment isn’t too small – you’ve just put too much stuff inside it. Decluttering your life of anything you do not want = FREEDOM!
Why Should You Rid Your Home Of Clutter?
It’s easy. Every possession you own, has the potential to weigh you down. You have so many items you need to worry about, care for, and maintain. I love letting go of extra crap. We will be decluttering or home and life until we are happy with the changes. It is an on-going process, that has become a part of our daily routine.
If you want your house to be cleaner and more organize, get rid of the stuff you no longer use.
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 file, 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? 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. Save Yourself Time By Removing Junk From Your Home
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.
Give yourself guidelines, like “making a decision that all magazines more than two months old will automatically be thrown out. Any clothes smaller than one size below your current size will be donated to charity.
- Make your me time a priority
2. Save A Lot Of Money When You Get Rid Of Items You No Longer Need
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.
Go through your closets, drawers, and cabinets and throw away everything that you aren’t using. As the pile of items increases, add up how much money you spent on all those items. It’s a great reminder when you see how much stuff you’ve bought that you didn’t really need.
- Save the extra cash and spend on something important that will benefit the family.
3. Get Rid Of Duplicate Items
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? You can really enjoy life more by owning less if you make the effort. It will be worth it in the end.
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.
If you’ve got the time and inclination, sell your extra stuff on eBay or Craigslist.
- 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? However you decide to approach things, if you want to be successful at getting rid of a lot or most of your junk, you have to be a little ruthless and leave emotion to the side.
Paper, clothes and sentimental objects are top clutter offenders.
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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