Having a home filled with seemingly endless possessions and junk can be a recipe for stress and anxiety. But how exactly can you learn to live with less? Saying goodbye to stuff you’ve spent your hard-earned money on is tough. Even tougher are those sentimental items just collecting dust, yet the impending guilt is keeping you from letting go.
“The country’s accumulation of things is outpacing our capacity to keep them in our homes, as the growth of mini-warehouses attests. The number of self-storage establishments more than doubled, to 15,000, from 1998 to 2012, according to Census data, dotting the landscape with faceless buildings full of objects we don’t want to see but can’t bear to toss.” – Bloomberg Business
The sad reality is that millions of people have become victim to the brutal economy of ‘more is more‘. We’ve been tricked into believing the more stuff you can accumulate in a short amount of time somehow equates to power, success & happiness. But we all know this couldn’t be further from the truth. Just watch an episode of American Greed and you’ll see what I’m talking about. (Spoiler alert: Most of the people on that show are now either alone, dead, broke or in jail.)
When you learn how to live with less, you will begin to find that you actually have more. You have more space, time, freedom, choices, money, creativity, energy…I could go on and on. The only thing you will have less?
but also stress, anxious, guilt, envy, frustration…again, I could go on and on. But you get the idea. When you are able to start enjoying a life by taking the focus away from material items, the world truly begins to open up.
I challenge you to see how many things you can get rid of that are just taking up space in your life. Remove anything weighing you down, physically or emotionally. You’ll be shocked at how much of a positive difference decluttering and learning how to live with less makes on the quality of life. Ready to start, but not quite sure how? Sign up below and receive a FREE copy of my 10-step decluttering guide: Clear The Clutter.