Today I want to really challenge you. I want you to downsize. Really
downsize. Your stuff, your home, your car. That may sound overwhelming, but don’t worry, I don’t expect these changes to happen overnight–in fact, they may take years to reach and will always be an ongoing project, but I think it’s worth it if you really want to live a happier, simpler (and more ecofriendly) life.Think about simplifying your belongings and getting rid of your excess clutter and STUFF. If that seems too daunting, just start small, with one room, or one closet, or one drawer. I could go on and on about this subject, and there are entire blogs dedicated to helping people pare down their personal belongings. These are some of my favorite resources to keep me on track:
If you like to have specific goals to get you motivated, check out the 100 Thing Challenge, or Courtney’s Project 333.
Photo Credit, Tammy Strobel of Rowdy Kittens
The next big step is to downsize where you live. Yeah, I know, that’s a BIG
step.I’m not at all saying that you need to move into a 120 sq. ft. house on wheels, or try to shove a family of four into 500 sq. ft. or anything like that. I’m just saying to carefully consider how much space you really need to live comfortably. Examine your daily habits, track how many times that spare bedroom is really being used, or how much extra time you spend cleaning and organizing spaces that don’t see much traffic. You may be surprised to find you don’t need as much space as you thought.
Downsizing and simplifying our belongings and our homes can be daunting, frustrating, and tough. We often have attachments that makes it hard to get rid of things, not to mention the societal pressure to own a nice big house, a fancy car, and expensive possessions. But think of the freedom you will gain!
With less stuff to clean, maintain, store, and organize, you’ll have more time to spend with friends, family, and yourself. You can go for a relaxing walk, kiss the ones you love, and enjoy the peace of mind that comes just from having less clutter. You can spend more time outdoors, enjoying the sound of the birds, the warmth of the sun, and the cool breeze on your face. You can finally work on that project you’ve been wanting to start, or get back into that hobby you used to love so much. There are so many opportunities that open up when you simplify your life, not to mention an internal calm that I personally have never felt before.
Of all the things I’ve gotten rid of over the past year or two, I’ve not missed any of them. I have feeling you won’t miss much of your stuff either. Only keep what adds value and happiness to your life, and you will treasure those items so much more.
So go get started! In our next and final post we’ll look at the environmental impact of downsizing, so you can feel good that you’re also helping the Earth during your journey to a simpler life.
Little Bird, Big World…Photo Credit, Don McCullough