Oh, there is something wonderful about going on a shopping spree and getting that therapeutic kick out of buying new things, new stuff. It makes us happy. But usually it only makes us happy for a bit, it is temporary and, in many ways, it is false. We are placing our happiness on objects, which is kind of weird and almost wrong. That’s where this idea of minimalism comes in because a minimalist lifestyle can be super rewarding.
We’re not saying that you should sell off everything you own and run off to live your life in some secluded cabin in some secluded wood in some secluded region of your state. We just mean overhauling your home, simplifying and stripping back your life, even if it just a little bit, can be so rewarding, intrinsically. It’s not hard to do either.
You Are Such A Hoarder
It is time you spend one day this weekend going through the things in your house and then asking yourself honestly about its use in your life. How much have you used it recently? What are the chances you are going to use it again? Does it really benefit your life? Yeah, it could be time to give that popcorn maker that’s spend four Christmas’ in its box to charity. The same goes for that laced crop top you bought two summers ago, the one that is too big for you. Getting rid of the clutter will have such a big impact on your life. Trust us.
By All Means Buy (What You Need)
Okay, now that you have gotten rid of all those bits and bobs that you didn’t need, use or love – those things you were holding on for no reason at all – please don’t go and make the same mistake again. Yes, there is a little more space for stuff, but this space is good for you and your mentality. If you need a new bed, then buy all means get yourself a huge one, one that has made it onto a list of the Top 10 Beds. There is nothing wrong with this. Just stop with the impulse buying. Spending money on things just to fill that empty feeling that consumerism tells us we need to fill is a really bad habit to get into. Less clutter is better. A great way to determine needed from unneeded is questioning whether you would still buy it if it cost twice as much.
Organize, Don’t Store
Yup, there is a mega-difference between the two. Too many people fall into a system of ‘just in case organizing’ which is where they end up storing things for the sake or storing things. Don’t do this. That’s how you end up with a cluttered and messy home. Instead, be better at organising your home by asking yourself, out loud, why you are keeping whatever it is you are trying to keep. By doing this, we promise you that you will end up having less stuff and that will mean you have a much simpler life. Simple is good. You will also have a much richer life, especially if you take everything you don’t need anymore and put it in a box marked ‘Yard Sale’.