We are told from a very early age that we need to buy stuff in order to make us happy. This happens through television, radio, magazines, billboards – it is all around us and difficult to escape. We are brainwashed into thinking that the more stuff we own, the better our lives will be. That this so called ‘stuff” will give us absolutely everything that we need in life. Many of us buy into this to the point where we have convinced ourselves that this is true – we are all looking for meaning in our lives and we think that it is going to come from ‘stuff.’ Our houses become a storage space rather than a living space, causing anxiety, stress and an all over feeling of overwhelm. They are crammed to the brim with toys, books, clothes, appliances, stuff stuff stuff! Today I want to share with you 10 benefits of why owning less really is more and how you can live a happier, more fulfilling and purposeful life without all of that stuff……..
1: More time to do the things you want to do and that matter – time with friends, family, loved ones and yourself!
2: Less to tidy up each day, making tidying up a breeze……
3: Less stress – our possessions cause us to feel overwhelmed and anxious.
4: Better for the environment – where does all that stuff we buy eventually end up?
5: Easier to make decisions – choosing what to wear each day means we will be in control rather than out of control.
6: Less to maintain which gives you more time and energy.
7: Find items quickly and easily.
8: Improves relationships as you are not weighed down by your stuff – you feel lighter and brighter.
9: Saves you money – allowing you to spend your money on quality rather than quantity.
10: Mindfulness – you are conscious of what you are doing and why.
The benefits of owning less are endless – please feel free to add more in the comments below
Living with the things that we love brings liberation. But the thought of letting go of our possessions can be overwhelming for many. So much so, that many don’t face them at all – it’s all too much. Does that sound like you? If so, this will be a good read for you. It is important that our belongings make us feel happy rather than making us feel sad, guilty or resentful. This month I shared my four key reasons with Stuff that can help you to understand why it can be so difficult to let go.
This is the first article of a series that I am writing for Stuff Magazine
“Where can I take my items that I no longer want?!” I am often asked as I go through the process of helping people to declutter their belongings. I offer my clients the service of taking away their charity items – I like to donate them to the SPCA as that is a charity that I want to support. Even so, charity stores are getting more picky these days on what items they either want or are allowed to receive. Keep reading to find out where you can take a variety of items, including E waste, spectacles and even your bras!
When Suzanne Oh approached me about the new business “BOXi” she and Matt Cruickshank had recently launched, I was excited to hear how this valet storage company does things a little bit differently to other storage companies. If you are needing to make space at your place, then look no further! These guys really know their stuff and their service is simple, convenient and affordable……
“A place for everything and everything in it’s place”
This is a motto that I really love!! This motto can be used in every area of your home – if everything you own has a home and is in it’s place, you will always know where everything is and it will make your life easier. So here are my top tips for organising your living space this spring!