Many measure the success they have in life by the things they own. The chase to always have the best of everything causes many people to forget about the most important thing — enjoying what they have.
The truth is that getting all of the things people think they want may actually complicate their life more than it helps them. Instead of always trying to get the next big thing, it may be better to think twice about it.
One of the reasons we are always getting more things is because our friends have them. We try to teach our kids not to compare what they have to what their friends have, but we forget to do it ourselves.
Living without doesn’t mean we get rid of everything. It’s possible to do some of the things we want and keep some of the luxury items in our life.
How to Enjoy a Life Without
Getting rid of things that are filling up our home is not always easy. The most common excuse we make is that our stuff isn’t taking up space, so why bother?
The reality is that our things — our possessions and the stuff we cling to — do get in the way, and our homes are full of items that simply aren’t needed. Some people call these things treasure, others call them clutter.
No matter what it’s called, at some point, the stuff takes over the home and the lives of the people that have it — and something has to be done about it. The problem is figuring out what to do with all of the stuff we have in our home.
Here are some tips that will help you get rid of the things you really don’t need:
1. Take it one room at a time.
Go through each room in your house individually and take an inventory of exactly what you have. Use a box for trash, for important papers, valuables, things that you are not sure whether you want to keep or not and for the things you absolutely don’t need.
2. Use a system.
When looking at the items and trying to figure out whether to keep it, trash it or get rid of it, ask a few questions:
- Why is it important to me?
- Do I still use it?
- When was the last time that it was used?
- Is there an emotional attachment to it?
- Is it easily replaceable?
3. Have multiple ways to get rid of stuff.
There are plenty of ways to get rid of the things that are no longer needed. If they are broken or no longer usable, trash may be the best option. If you can’t put it curbside, haul it to the dump.
4. Don’t look back.
Once the things are gone from the home, don’t start to regret what you have done. If you took the time to do a good job of decluttering, you will not have gotten rid of anything that you do not need or that cannot be replaced. Many times, the things will have a second life with someone that can truly use them.
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