I recently read somewhere online that people in western Europe own 10'000 things on average. If you think about it, that really isn't very much. (You could also compare it to a developing country in African where some people can count their belongings on ten fingers.) We should all strive to own less. I wrote a post last week about my experience with minimalism and how it has been the best stress reliever that I have discovered yet. Own less, experience life more...that is my new motto!
Here's how you can do it too:
1. Throw away the half used lotions, shampoos, and soaps that you don't use in your bathroom.
(You can also do this with pens, pencils, dog toys, kids toys...etc.)
2. Burn your candles, don't save them for special occasions.
3. Put DVD and CD contents onto a external hard-drive and give away the hard copies.
4. Limit sentimental things to 1 box.
5. Stop stocking up on stuff, only buy what you need.
6. Keep your two best sheet sets, get rid of the rest. (same with towels)
7. Get rid of old t-shirts, socks, and underwear. (Why do you keep those anyway??)
8. Limit kitchen items to one set:
(one set of pots: small, medium, large, 1 muffin tin, 1 cookie sheet, 2 mixing bowls. You DON'T need more than that unless you are running a restaurant.)
9. Cancel cable, sell the TV. (You can watch news/tv online.)
10. Don't keep books, donate or sell them when you are finished reading. Or just get a kindle. (You can also borrow, trade, and/or use the library. I am a huge fan of trading. Nothing brings more joy than trading one good book for another.)
-Stop thinking you might need something for later. Instead go outside, experience life, explore. You don't need anything for that.
-Tell yourself that you will be just fine without 'said item' that you are debating getting rid of. If you don't use it regularly, then you probably don't need it, and won't miss it.
-The less you own, the less that owns you. You will feel more free!
A Minimalist Lifestyle will help you:
- Become more creative
- Get outside more
- Have a clearer mind
- Consume less
- Focus on what's important
- Save more money
- Live with intention
-A great article: Living with Less, A Lot Less
-Great for motivation, especially his facebook page: Becoming Minimalist
-Less on minimalism, more on zen. Still good stuff though: Zen Habits