So many people out there have a strong desire to live a more simple life.
A more meaningful life.
Life on purpose.
Instead of just slogging through day after day barely able to get by, not having quality time for themselves, their family, or their friends, people realize that they need to make a change.
And they are realizing that minimalist living could be what they are looking for.
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So many people get it. And that is very encouraging.
Those of us that are currently trying to live a minimalist lifestyle know that we are probably in the minority.
But we are not alone.
One of the big questions or concerns that people have voiced in the comments is this:
I want to start living a simple life but I am afraid I will need something that I get rid of.
My response to this is:
Where is all this stuff now?
Packed away in boxes? In the garage or attic buried away. Chances are you are not even aware of what you have.
Sit quietly for a while. Dig deep as to why you are holding onto all the stuff.
Were you brought up to never get rid of anything?
Does it make you feel important? More valued as a person?
You are you. You are not your stuff.
There is a TV show that deals with people and helping them purge. Just regular folks who have accumulated a life’s worth of items.
Unclutterer on HGTV. It is not an extreme show like Hoarders.
Just regular families.
They go in and the family gets to keep 10 non essential items for a month. Very interesting to see the debate as to what should stay.
Kids want cell phones. Dads want the television. Mom needs her make up etc.
Everything else gos to storage.
It is hard at first but as the month goes on they realize they never needed 95% of the clutter and items they had in the house. They actually spend more time together as a family. They go for walks and play games.
How unique a concept. Actually talking face to face with other people!
Then they go to the warehouse and do a huge purge. Some stuff comes back of course but not much.
The point is you just do not need as much stuff as you think you do.
We have been conditioned by the media and our families and our peers to think this way.
It is so draining!
As you begin your journey to a more minimalist lifestyle you will feel the weight being lifted from your shoulders. It just feels food.
You can breathe.
There is space. Both physical and mental.
There is more time for yourself and your family.
I am not anti anti anti stuff. I am anti useless stuff and clutter.
I am against OVER consumerism.
I want people to be happy and enjoy their lives.
I do not want people to go through what I went through. Thinking I was not good enough and that I needed more and more and more to fit in and be accepted.
We are good enough just as we. Chances are your friends actually like you for you.
And here is another point.
Those people with the big house and new cars and all the new toys?
Well if they can actually afford it good for them I guess. It is their choice.
But I have a feeling they are stressed about the payments. They HAVE to work the long hours to pay for all that.
They do not have the family or leisure time that a minimalist has.
What if their business goes down or their job is downsized?
You can do this. Start small. One thing a day.
You will be amazed at how good you feel about it. Talk to your partner and family and explain why it is you feel that a more simple way of living just makes good damn sense.
You may be surprised to learn that they feel the same way.
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