If you’re someone who is searching online about Minimalism, Simple Living and Living with Less, and are ready to take the plunge to purge your possessions and life, you may be getting overwhelmed before you even begin. Read More
For some, Simple Living may not start out being just that, Simple. When you are overwhelmed with the thought of trying to tackle the clutter and the chaos it can sometimes paralyse you and deter you from beginning.
The one mindset I tried to have daily as the end goal, was how I would feel once I removed all the excess and also not getting caught up with how much something cost when you purchased it. The term sunken cost is a term in the personal finance world, which means once you have already purchased the item (in the past), the money has already been spent and is now gone, so it doesn’t matter now what it cost.
You need to keep your mind on the task at hand and either decide to sell un-wanted items (as some money back is better than nothing), or pass onto a family member, friend, or donate it to goodwill. Another thing I continue to tell myself is, keeping these items is actually costing you more over time with housing them, cleaning them, re-arranging them or repairing them.
Before you begin decluttering it is recommend you find your WHY, The theory behind this is that if you don’t have a clear WHY and clear GOALS to address on why you are decluttering in the first place you will be re-cluttered once again before you can even finish decluttering your home and this is counter-intuitive and draining.
I used to glaze over the WHY step in the beginning. Finding my WHY was not necessary for me I just wanted the clutter gone and I refused to dig any deeper than that. But I learn’t the hard way and once my home started accumulating more and more crap I had to really stop and address my WHY and my future GOALS, otherwise I would be decluttering weekly forever and nobody wants to be doing that. After all Simple Living is meant to make your life...well, simple, not more busy.
So you really do need to find your WHY, this answer will be different for everybody. For me my number one WHY was stress levels and feeling peaceful. I’m someone whose stress level can rise very easily when I see a cluttered kitchen, a cluttered living room or bathroom, or cupboards over flowing. I suffer from a chronic illness so keeping my stress levels extremely low is paramount. And keeping clutter at bay for me is one simple thing I can do to help with that. And I reap the benefits of a peaceful home with more free time.
If you are currently struggling with starting the process of decluttering and living with LESS, or are lacking motivation, here are some rewards you may reap once you start simplifying.
BENEFITS OF LIVING WITH LESS
- reduce stress and anxiety
- calmer home
- calmer mind
- find things easy
- rooms feel bigger
- home is easier to clean
- can lead to better eating habits
- improved sleep
- more white space
- better concentration and clarity
- boost your mood
- more productive and creative
- more free time appears
- help others by donating your items
- make money with selling some items
- saving money with less spending