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14. You can still have the memories
You don’t have to hold on to the stuff. I understand the impulse of wanting to keep things for sentimental and emotional reasons. We have things that remind you of people who are no longer with us, who we don’t see enough and of memories that we love.
I would never say don’t have any sentimental things because I will always keep a few treasured things. It’s just a matter of being more selective with what and how much you keep. You love your grandma who passed and you want to have something to remember her. I get it but do you need 10,20 even 50 things to remember her by. No, you don’t so it’s time to choose what really matters and what you can let go of.
15. The stuff you have will be better quality:
When you are not buying as much when you do need something you will want to make sure it lasts. So it will be of better quality because it is meant to last and not be as disposable.
Instead of buying a new shirt for $10-$12 once a month that will last 6 months or so you can save up and buy a much nicer top for $40 or $50 that will last the year and beyond. The same goes for furniture and decor. What you buy will be more expensive because you want it to last a long time. Not be something you can easily replace every few months.
16.Less fights with your family or roommates
I’ve never lived with roommates but I know people who do and I know that just like when you live with your spouse and children that issues of cleaning and clutter can cause major disagreements and fighting.
When you make the commitment to have less stuff and downsize your belongings to a more manageable amount then you will have less clutter. Which will mean less to argue and fight about with the people you live with. If you can get them to live with less as well then it will be a much more peaceful home life.
17. It will get easier to have less:
Not right away but over time you will start to break the bad habits you’ve created in your life of overbuying and having too much stuff. Eventually, it will be a habit to think twice before purchasing something new and to actually make shopping lists that you stick too.
It will become easier as you start to see the positive changes that take place in your life as you buy less and get rid of things you don’t need. I can now actually stop myself from throwing things I don’t need into my cart at Target. I ask myself will this be used or just end up as clutter. If I know it will just be clutter I can pass on it. Not always but most of the time.
18. You will have more money to save:
Do you find yourself struggling to have enough in savings? Most families, mine included do not have enough saved up for when an emergency happens. We all know the emergencies will happen but we aren’t financially prepared.
19.Less stuff can help ease anxiety:
I have suffered from anxiety for a few years now and since I started having issues with it I’ve been looking for ways to help lessen it and to hopefully someday eliminate.
Having less clutter and less stuff helps me to better relax and feel less anxious. I think it’s a combination of not constantly being surrounded by things I need to get done and just a peaceful feeling that having a tidy house gives me. It’s not the only thing I do to help my anxiety but it helps quite a bit.
20.The stuff you get rid of can help someone else.
Like the saying goes one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. The stuff you have around your home that is of no use to you or your family anymore can be of great use to someone else. You can either sell the things you no longer need on Craigslist or in a yard sale or donate them to a local thrift shop.
If you sell things you get to make a little of your money spent back. So I tend to do this with larger items that we no longer need. We also tend to do a yard sale every couple of years. Even though you don’t make any money donating you get the good feeling of giving things you no longer need to people who can use them and you have less clutter and stuff around.
21.Spending less on stuff can give you more to spend on experiences.
This took me years to learn as a parent but it is such a valuable lesson. It is so much better for your child to spend less money on stuff as gifts for birthdays and holidays.
Instead, put that money towards experiences and family outings. That’s what they will remember when they grow up. The trips to the beach or amusement park, not the dolls and legos.
22. Your kids will remember the memories, not the stuff:
Especially now as my daughter is getting older. She will be ten in two months How did that happen!? I can start to see what she remembers from being younger and what she values. She still has way too much stuff!
I do try to give her more experiences and to encourage our family to give gifts like passes to places or having her visit. Those are the things she remembers and appreciates more. The toys just sit in her room most of the time.
23.You will sleep better:
Have you ever noticed you sleep better in a hotel? Unless the bed is bad, which is a totally different issue. I noticed though that if I was in a hotel or staying somewhere else I seemed to fall asleep easier and sleep better.
I came to realize it’s because in a hotel there is no clutter, piles of stuff out, things that you should be taking care of. You just lay down and get to relax. This wasn’t happening at home and it was making going to sleep harder.
So I make an effort to keep my nightstand cleared off especially. Also to try and stay on top of laundry, which I hate doing. That way things are clear by my bed and I don’t see all this laundry that I should get to. I’m not perfect at it but I know that when I do these things I sleep better so it’s more of a priority.
24.Less stuff means less to move:
We use to move every year or so the first 5 years of our marriage. Every time I was shocked that although we had purged a lot during our last move a year before we somehow had so much more to move the next time.
Now we have been in our home for six years and I know that when we eventually move we will have so much to take with us. That is motivation for me to try and have less stuff. That way there is less that we need to move to a new home.
So there you have it. 24 reasons why this is the right time for you to start having less stuff in your life. It won’t be easy and probably take you awhile but eventually, it will just be so worth it. Your home will become a more peaceful place and you will be under less stress. So start small and begin getting rid of a few things a week. Also, make the effort to stop buying things you don’t really need.
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