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Less is more: Less stuff means more simplicity

We’re all familiar with that quote “the best things in life are free”, but keeping focus on such philosophy can be a tough deal. It takes quite a lot of willpower to walk away empty-handed from that store you love that is on sale, or to finally say goodbye to that T-shirt gaining dust in your wardrobe for 10 years because you’re ‘waiting for the perfect moment to wear it’. Hyperconsumerism haunts our society, making us lead non-functional lifestyles without even noticing. It’s a trap! Removing debris from our path creates clarity. That which stands still leaves stagnant energy, according to the Feng Shui philosophy.

Here are three tips on how to simplify your life with small but efficient changes:

Clear the clutter

Ever notice that the messier your home gets, the less peace of mind you get? The best thing to do is to avoid hoarding, keeping around only what truly adds something to your life.

  • You could boost your karma points and help a lot of people by donating items you don’t need or use, there’s always someone that needs that one thing we take for granted.
  • How about having a garage or market sale – get together with friends and family for a fun day that will also make you some extra pocket money.
  • If you’re not much of a socializer, you can turn to the internet – you can find all kinds of buy/sell websites. Facebook groups are also a good option for selling specific things.
  • Foodies, bear in mind that trends and fads are a never-ending cycle. The truth is that you don’t need fancy kitchen gadgets and foods we often can’t even pronounce to create amazing dishes. Less stuff means more kitchen space, simpler cooking, a happy chef, and delicious meals.
  • Ask yourself questions about every item you own, such as:
    Is it important to me? Does is bring good memories?
    Do I use it? When was the last time I used it?
    Do I have room for it? Is it easy to manage/clean?
    Will I read this book again? Will I listen to this CD again? (I’m gonna say no to that one.)

It’s important to be honest with yourself when answering these questions. We often keep things around out of habit, so it’s a matter of breaking these habits and starting fresh. Keep it simple: If it genuinely brings you good energy, it stays. The rest can go and be recycled!

Let’s talk about clothes…

Clearing your closet of stale items is the biggest favour you could do yourself. It generates fresh energy around you, simplifies your options, saving you time and making moving/traveling infinitely easier!

  • Aim for a functional and versatile wardrobe with good-quality pieces that will see you through seasons without the need for much more.
  • Do invest in the quality of your clothing. As tempting as those sale bargains are, the life span of such garments are short-lived and in the long run, they are not wise nor fair choices for anyone, you’ll find yourself with a wardrobe full of dusty old clothes that you didn’t need in the first place.
  • Have you worn it in the last year? No? Then it’s probably time to part with it.

Taking a pragmatic approach to shopping will still give you a beautiful closet, with the bonus of saving but only space and money, but most importantly a clear mind.

Make a list…

Of things you’ve gotten rid of in the past and then later regretted. Anything? We’ve got nothing. That’s because it hardly ever happens. So, might as well give it a try, right?