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Minimalist Living Allows More Living For Less

More Or Less?Minimal living allows more living for less... Let me explain. When you look around you, do you see more or less? As a rule, MORE comes with debt, upkeep, responsibility and often clutter that leads to mental clutter and depression. Meanwhile, LESS comes with not having to care for 'things' creating more time for relationships, less physical "stuff" allows for less mental clutter, along with the freedom of being debt-free and saving money for your future.

Minimalist living allows more living for less… Let me explain. When you look around you, do you see more or less? As a rule, MORE comes with debt, upkeep, responsibility and often clutter that leads to mental clutter and depression. Meanwhile, LESS comes with not having to care for ‘things’ creating more time for relationships, allows for less mental clutter, along with the freedom of being debt-free and saving money for your future.

So, having MORE ‘stuff’ allows you less time for the things that truly matter in life. Having LESS things allows for more time to enjoy the things that truly matter in life. Thereby, less is more and more is less.

Are you still with me? I seemed to have had a Dr. Seuss moment there…

When we look at the minimalist lifestyle for the first time, we don’t see what is in front of us.

Looking at the minimalist lifestyle for the first time there is a tendency to go into shopper’s panic rejecting the thought of not having all the latest and greatest fads in our closets and snacks in our pantry. That is not at all how the minimalist lifestyle works. In a nutshell, minimalist living is having the very best that you can afford of the things that you use everyday; plus the things you use seasonally and your most cherished sentimental items.

Minimalist Living Is A Conscientious Intentional Lifestyle

The conditioning of our current society is that if you are a person of influence you must own a lot of stuff, live in an over-sized home and drive new cars. Not only does this raise the questions, ‘Why do we think this?’ and ‘Why would we want to go into debt to put on this charade?’ but, how does debt-ladened consumerism benefit us?

I read this years ago and found it to share with you here:

Recently I overheard a mother and daughter in their last moments together at the airport. Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the mother said “I love you and I wish you enough.” The daughter replied, “Mom, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Mom.” They kissed and the daughter left.

The mother walked over to the window where I was seated. I asked her, “When you were saying good-bye, I heard you say ‘I wish you enough’. May I ask what that means?” She began to smile. “That’s a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone”.

She paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail and she smiled even more. “When we said ‘I wish you enough’ we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them”. Then turning toward me she shared the following as if she were reciting it from memory:

I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.

I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.

I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.

I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.

I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.

I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.

I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.

Here are some pretty scary facts:

  • There are 300,000 items in the average American home (LA Times)
  • Even though the average size of an American home has tripled in the last 50 years, 1 out of every 10 Americans rent off site storage for even more of their stuff (New York Times Magazine)
  • We spend one year of our lives looking for lost items. (National Association of Professional Organizers)
  • The average 10-year-old owns 238 toys, but plays with just 12 daily (The Telegraph)
  • 23 percent of adults say they pay bills late (and incur fees) because they can’t find them. (Harris Interactive)
  • There is a direct correlation between a woman’s Cortisol (stress) levels and the amount of clutter in her life (UCLA study)
  • 80% of the clutter in your home or office is a result of disorganization, not lack of space (National Association of Professional Organizers)   Click Here To Learn More!