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Last Updated on January 11, 2021 by karissa ancell
Let me take a guess. You have too much stuff. I know because I do too and it has been a goal mine over the past year to have less and I’m slowly getting there and will continue to work towards a life with less stuff. It’s not easy. I sometimes like to buy things and often I don’t really need them but I want them. I will continue working towards having less stuff though because it has made my life better.
Even if it seems hard to buy less and get rid of things there are lots of reasons why having less stuff can make you happier and help improve your life. With the new year beginning this is the perfect time to start simplifying and decluttering your home and life. It will make you feel better and make your family happier.
1.Less stuff=less laundry to wash:
My favorite reason this list comes in first. When you have less stuff there is less to clean. I love to go through our clothes, especially my 9-year-olds and get rid of too small or worn clothes. Fewer clothes mean less laundry and more room in our drawers.
Since I started going through Isabella’s clothing and getting rid of things it has helped cut down how much I have to wash. I also cut back on how much she was getting in new clothes. She loves clothes but she doesn’t need THAT much.
2. When you have less stuff you have more room.
We have a pretty small home and when we start having too much stuff it starts to feel cramped and I know it’s time to go through and do some purging. I like the feeling of more space and less clutter
3.You will actually know where stuff is.
Having less stuff means you probably have space for everything. Then you get to actually know where things are. How much time is wasted looking for things you can’t find? If you’re like my family the answer is. Way too much.
4. Having Less stuff means spending less money:
Another one of my favorite reasons on the list. When you start making the commitment to have less than it becomes easier to not buy things that you know you don’t need and will just turn into clutter. I’ve been trying to save more money and not buying things we really don’t need helps out a lot.
I’m not perfect at this but I can see that over the last year or so I’ve gotten better at buying less for me. Unfortunately, I live with two people who like stuff and I’m still working on getting this message through to them but it’s getting better.
5. It will make you just feel better:
I love buying things so I understand how good it feels to shop. Then I would feel broke and like I wasted money which I didn’t like. Then I had more clutter which I didn’t like either. Having less just feels better. I know that when I buy something I really need or want it and won’t regret it and I’m not feeling like I spent too much on junk all the time.
6. Less stuff= feeling more peaceful:
This has been so true for me and it’s because being surrounded by clutter is stressful. Even when you want to relax it becomes hard to do so. If all I can see is stuff that I should be dealing with and organizing it’s hard to relax.
I still have too much stuff I know but as the amount has gone down so has my clutter. I notice I can let myself relax more and not let it bother me as much.
7. The things you have mean more.
Having lots of stuff isn’t hard. You just buy things. Other than having less money it isn’t a challenge to have stuff. You just end up with a lot of stuff you don’t need and even things you don’t want.
It’s so much better to look around your home and see things you love or at least like. Not things you just have because they were impulse buys. My shelves and drawers are no longer bursting with stuff and I like it that way.
8. It will set a good example:
I’m sure your kids always want new things. My daughter sure does and almost every kid I know is the same way. Then they don’t appreciate what they have and we get frustrated.
Well, where did they learn this from? From us. We have more than we need or could ever use and our homes are unorganized and cluttered. We are teaching kids these bad habits. It’s one of my main reasons I’ve started living with less stuff. So that my daughter can learn to live with less.
9.You can tidy up on a hurry:
Even as you declutter and purge your home you still will have things. I don’t think I can get you down to nothing or an empty house because we need belongings. To wear, to cook with, to write with and to entertain,etc.
Since you still have stuff you will still need to clean up your home and the nice things it will be so much faster to do so. Less clutter everywhere means less to pick up and a spot for everything. So Yay! Your cleaning time will be slashed and you will be able to get it done so much faster.
10.Your days start to run smoother:
Things will just start to flow better. Your days will feel more productive than ever before. You will be able to get through more of your to-do list because you will have more time. Why?
You will know where your car keys are and your phone, you won’t be searching for 30 minutes in your closet for what to wear because everything you have in there will be things you want to wear.
11. Less stuff can make you healthier:
Like I mentioned less stuff makes cleaning easier and you’ll do it more which means your home will have less dirt and dust that can make you sick. You will be able to clean in less time because there will be less to dust off and an empty space instead of clutter.
Having Less stuff also means less stress which will make you more relaxed. Less stress means better health and just more feeling better.
12. You won’t buy as many duplicates:
because you will actually know what you have. We all end up with so many duplicates. Two pizza cutters, too many sets of towels, extra hangers, too much food that won’t get eaten. Extra clothes or jewelry that we don’t need.
Sometimes we mean to get these extras or duplicate and sometimes we’ve lost what we have or we have so much we forget what we have. So we buy more which costs us more money and takes up more space. We need less so we know what we have and where it is.
13. You can have people stop by unannounced:
You won’t have to worry about your home. Once you start having less stuff your home will automatically look neater and it will take moments to tidy up quickly if someone drops by.
There won’t be that moment of panic! That oh no my house is a wreck and there is nothing I can do about it now sinking feeling that comes when you have too much stuff everywhere.
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