How much dresses do you have in your wardrobe? How many utensils, sheets, towels, furniture or shoes do you have? Have you already counted? You and I, we do not know each other, but I doubt that the answer must be “much too much.”
Because, in life, we keep things in a case and we accumulate because we are afraid of finally needing these items. We imagine using the item to recycle it: “Hey, this table could make a nice dog mattress as in the DIY video on the internet …”
The truth is that in the end we end up keeping for nothing and we end up accumulating things that do not add value to our lives.
When you think about living frugal, it’s amazing, all the money we could spend. We create needs that make it impossible for us to appreciate the beauty or value of an object. Instead, we want to own it. We must own it. But in the end, what brings us what?
To possess is to wake up in the morning and procrastinate by choosing his clothes in a closet too full, it is to clean again and again because things do not end up cluttering the space, it creates an addiction to buying more and more without ever knowing where to stop.
One day I decided to say stop to this over consumption, I decided to give, to throw, to part and sell a large majority of what I had at the time. And I’m going to unveil a secret; nothing has ever made me happier than learning to live with less to have more. I had all this new freedom that was now part of my life because fewer items meant less repair, cleaning, and accumulation.
Gone those days when I had to choose a garment among a trillion of unused clothes, finished, my account always empty by spending too much and bye bye the cabinets filled to the brim. To have fewer things is to have more time, freedom and focus on what is important.
My trip to minimalism is still moving; every day, I wonder about the objects that surround me: do I need it? Is this jersey worth the 7 hours of work I should do to pay for it? In English, there is this expression: If it does not add to your life, it does not belong in your life. This sentence is made my motto, my inspiration to become minimalist.
I am very far from considering myself a minimalist person; I still have so many things that I could provide a complete family to live with less. But I am on the right track. I encourage you to try this way of life too to understand how much you do not need much in life to be happy. Happiness is cultivated in time of quality, in passion and relationships, not in possessions.