If you are looking for some good reasons that can help you justify owning less stuff then I am all for it. It is important to look at this as a tick sheet if it applies to you or you agree with the principle then what is stopping you taking action? It could save you time and money too. It is about looking at what is important to you and decide from that, think from the head and not the heart, which is often why we end up with so much clutter. One great reason to own less stuff is there is less to clean and that can cut down the time you spend cleaning!
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Reasons To Own Less Stuff
- If you own less stuff you will have less to clean, meaning that you won’t be spending hours cleaning items that you don’t really want or even like.
- If you own less stuff then, in theory, you will spend less, you won’t see a bargain and think you must have it, you will understand admiring something from afar.
- Owning less stuff is better for the environment, you are not throwing items away as often, and this reduces the amount of items that end up in landfill sites.
- It is surprising but owning things won’t make you happy, you might even feel less stressed, less to clean and this can make you happier.
- You will have more time to do the things that you want to do rather than what you have to do because you own so much stuff.
- If you want something, and you own less stuff it is easier to find something because you are not hunting through a pile of clutter.
- If you own less stuff you can live in a smaller place, this equals cheaper bills because you won’t need to heat it up as much, you won’t need to keep the clutter warm.
- If you have fewer possessions then often the guilt or baggage that comes with some items is no longer there, it is a weight that’s lifted off your shoulders.
- If you have less stuff then you have less to put away and find homes for, it makes tidying up easier.
- You don’t need duplicates, if you have more than one item the same what is the point, you don’t need two so why have two?
- If you need something for a short period think about the benefits of hiring the items, this means that you don’t have to store them after the event, this is possible with clothes and furniture too; there is more than tools you hire.
- It is important you, don’t pretend, you are you and not someone else, you don’t need items just because a neighbour has something new, have and live a life that you can afford.
- If you have less stuff you have more power, you will be able to do more, as you won’t be as restricted with things that can tie you down.
- Flexibility, by having less stuff you will have more flexibility, you can have people over easily, they won’t be falling over your clutter and moving home will be a breeze.
- If you don’t own many things then your home is less appealing to the criminals, so you could see a reduction in crime.
- Cheaper house insurance because you have fewer possessions to insure so it will follow that insurance is cheaper.
- Less stuff will make writing your will easier, your estate will have less to sell or dispose of.
- If you have less stuff, there is more likelihood that you will use less energy to power your home, especially if you move to a smaller home.
- Understanding that no possessions in the world will make a bit of difference in how you feel, by surrounding yourself with items and clutter could make you unhappy.
Therefore, it is a good exercise to see what motives you for having clutter in your home and if there is any way that you could consider reducing the amount you have and buy.
What is your best tip to own less stuff?
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