We live in a world ruled by excessive consumerism.
Everyday we receive hundreds of messages that try to make us feel incomplete. They try to sell us the idea that we don’t have enough stuff, so that we go buy more stuff to fill the void and be happy.
These messages use the influence of scarcity to trigger your pains and fears.
The question is: how can you protect yourself from the negative influence of the scarcity mentality.
The answer lies in your ability to sacrifice.
When you make a small sacrifice by getting rid of everything that doesn’t matter, by eliminating the unnecessary and by decluttering your environment, only then simplicity will take over and you’ll experience a major difference in your life.
When you let go of the clutter, you realize that you already have enough and that your soul enjoys more and breathes freely in the new open space you’ve created.
The belief that you already have enough is the essence of minimalism.
“Minimalism is realizing that what I already have is enough, and that adding clutter to the pile won’t make it any better. And chasing a dream of more minimalism is, ironically, not what I’m after either.” – Sarah Peck
When you sacrifice the things you think you need, but never actually use, you will discover and connect with what you truly need, use and like.
There is a very interesting experiment that I’m currently doing and would like to invite you to do it with me. I call it The One Week Closet Experiment. I learned about the idea from Dave Bruno’s book The 100 Thing Challenge.
Here’s how to do this experiment:
- Open your closet and pick up enough clothes for one week.
- Store these one week clothes in a separate section in your closet.
- Over the next week or two, only wear from the items in this section.
- Share your conclusions in the comments below.
I promise you’ll be hugely surprised by what you’re going to do with the rest of your clothes!
If you’re joining this experiment, please leave a comment now to let me know you’re in.
“I think we have to be not so afraid of scarcity. We have to be willing to give away all things.” – Sharon Stone
Bio: In his blog, Midway Simplicity, Mohamed Tohami shares mainstream simple living ideas that are not too harsh for your lifestyle.Visit his blog now to grab your free copy of “The 30-Day Simplicity Challenge” ebook.
Today’s Mini Mission
There is usually at least one make-up item among the others that we once thought suited our pearticular kind of beauty but now wonder where we got that idea. If you have such an item but haven’t had the sense to throw it away yet, today is the day.
Today’s Declutter Item
One more kitchen item that wasn’t much loved or much used.
Eco Tip Of The Day
If you have take-away coffee on a daily or regular basis take your own reusable cup.
“In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.” Brother David Steindl-Rast