Sometimes we can all feel trapped under the burden of our stuff. Whether it’s the guilt we feel with the arrival of each new Amazon package for the bi-yearly clear of the wardrobe that we dread.
We feel embarrassed to admit to our other half that the thing we bought they said was a waste of money has never been used and is now ready for the trash.
Fighting for Less
It can feel like an act of extreme self-control to limit our purchasing to only that which we really need. The advantages though could be massive.
If you’ve been living under a rock minimalism is going mainstream. If you’re unaware of the minimalism documentary or Matt D’Avellas podcast I strongly suggest checking them out.
Bringing minimalism home
Recently I’ve been on a one man crusade against stuff. I’ve been ridding my house of everything that doesn’t provide value to my life and consequently I’ve found that less has a value all of its own.
It first started as one of those spring cleans that we all hate, start trawling through the clothes right at the bottom of the cupboard that you haven’t seen since the last time you carried out the exercise. Having to make 100 decisions based on how much something costs how, much you use it and how likely you are to use it in the future. Arguing with Your spouse about that T-shirt you’ve had since you were a teenager, It’s got sentimental value right?
Something this time was different, I’ve been watching minimalism documentaries and listening to podcasts. I bought into the Clean white apartments and the overall aesthetic of minimalism. What started with the Spring clean moved onto the miscellaneous drawer and then onto all the trinkets with no real place on the exposed surfaces.
As I began to throw each item away I noticed a distinct pleasure in returning to each newly clear sideboard. The satisfaction not only of having less to worry about but also realising that with the less stuff you can’t help being tidy.
For a person like me tidying never came easy but as my wife noticed what I was doing she was keen to help with my new found enthusiasm for decluttering. Soon she began spontaneously sorting her and stuff and removing what she didn’t need.
Within a couple of weeks our house is spotless, friends come round and comment on how great it looks. There is an immediate sense of pride and satisfaction but this is only the beginning.
Once you begin transforming your home into a place where everything has a purpose you want to defend the situation. You’ll be into question purchases do you really need that thing from Amazon? Where will it go?
Suddenly the difficult task of placing your own purchases becomes easier you get satisfaction from not buying something that immediately occurred to you. This is the double advantage of keeping your house tidy and keeping your wallet fat. Not just like you feel a sense of control suddenly you’re great with money, you’re not the kind of person to make stupid purchases.
Your home feels Tranquil. This is further Backs up the sense of control. Without realising it you’re on top paperwork your emails are sorted and your life is more Orderly.
I’ve spoken before about keystone habits and minimalism is perhaps the easiest to implement. No long-term commitment required just start getting rid of what you don’t need. The power to tidy up one thing Will soon spill over into other aspects of your life. It’s hard not to be frugal when you’re a minimalist.
Give it a go start with one cupboard, one draw, the boot of your car…