At this time of year, it’s time to put away heavy coats, boots, scarves, hats and mittens and bring out warm-weather clothes!
It’s time to “lighten-up” because most of us are holding on to too much stuff!
Did you know…a recent study found 72 % of millennials prefer to spend their money on experiences rather than on material things? This trend has retailers scrambling to adapt…or seeing RED!
It’s part of the reason there’s a lot of talk these days about minimalism – living with less. In order to live with less, you must downsize first and that’s where you’re faced with the challenges of figuring out what to do with all of the things you no longer want, use or need.
Once you decide to live with LESS, you actually get MORE – more time, space, money, balance, freedom and joy!
One of our favourite minimalists is Joshua Becker. In 2008, Joshua and his family decided to become minimalists and intentionally live their lives with fewer possessions. Since then, their story has inspired millions around the world to intentionally live with less and find more life because of it.
Joshua’s blog – becoming minimalist – provides lots of suggestions to incorporate minimalism into your life. www.becomingminimlalist.com
Regardless of how large your home is, it’s never too soon to seize the challenge of living with less. If you are obsessed with creating systems to maximize your storage space, ask yourself, “What if the solution was not creating more storage spaces, but owning less stuff?”
Think back to the last time you were on vacation and stayed at a fabulous hotel? Remember the feeling of walking into a room and seeing everything neat and tidy – without all the clutter?
It usually doesn’t take long to make that hotel room look and feel like home. Once your suitcases are unpacked, your clothes put away and all of your stuff placed on the bathroom counter and side tables, the hotel room takes on a whole new look. Yours!
Whether you have lived in the same home for years or have just moved to a new one, here are FIVE tips to help you simplify your home and your life:
It helps that there are garage sales happening every weekend at this time of the year! So, instead of heading out to buy more stuff, think about hosting a community yard sale or street sale. Round up your enthusiastic neighbours, have some fun and make a bit of money as you lighten-up!
As William Morris, the English Designer once said:
Have nothing in your house
That you do not know to be useful
Or believe to be beautiful.
Karen Shinn, Downsizing Diva