The beginning of the year is always a good time for a post about the benefits of owning and wanting less stuff. By wanting less stuff I mean not wanting for stuff, being free from the desire to acquire. That combined with the benefits of having less stuff to care for and accommodate is reason enough for learning to let go.
Also at the beginning of the year is when new readers arrive at a blog like mine looking for help with the process of decluttering. So a post pointing out the advantages of letting go is always a good way to encourage a person to jump in feet first and get on with the task.
Since I have written several post like this in the past I figured I would just share one with you that I have posted previously. Those who haven’t read it will benefit from it and those who read it along time ago can also benefit from a reminder of why they are making the effort of going through this process. So here is a post I wrote back in August of 2011. Enjoy!
When we talk about decluttering our goal is to end up with less stuff cluttering up our homes and lives. But after living for so long having and always wanting, more the word less sounds like something negative, not a good thing. It exudes a vibe of going without or lacking in some way. And that doesn’t sound at all pleasurable. But in reality the opposite is true. So instead of dwelling on the idea that less is a negative thing why not focus on the positive. How does less equal more?
- Less stuff to take care of = More time to spend doing the things you enjoy. More time to spend with the people you love.
- Less stuff cluttering up your home = More space for comfort and it makes your home seem bigger.
- Less money spent acquiring stuff = More financial security for the things you really need like food, shelter, health care etc.
- Less Money worries = More piece of mind.
- Less happiness tied to material “wealth” = More focus on what really matters in life ~ Friends, family, activities that help others not just yourself etc.
- Less desire for material items = More freedom from the strain of having to work so hard to earn the money to pay for the things to quench that desire.
- The Less products you consume = The better it is for the environment and the supply of natural resources.
- Less things you own that tie you down = More freedom to escape to do the things you enjoy like travel.
This list could go on and on. Think about the material things you desire then think about how much you need them verses the impact they have on your life, your family and the environment. Think also of the way your money could be better spent.
Today’s Mini Mission
Declutter something whose purpose is to wrap around something. Perhaps a belt, a set of sheets, and old scarf, excessive rubber bands…
Eco Tip for the Day
Only run your dishwasher when it is absolutely full.
For a full list of my eco tips so far click here
It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when I’m slow