Have you ever looked at all the clutter around you and realized you needed some validating reasons to downsize your life? I think most of us can agree we have way too much stuff, some of which doesn't even get used! Now is the time to get rid of everything you don't love, use or plan on using in the near future. Keep reading for some inspirational reasons to downsize your life and live with less!
1. It's Freeing
Living with less means you spend less time taking care of and worrying about your stuff because there is simply less stuff to care for! One of the reasons to downsize your life is that it's freeing to live with less. You realize the things you actually need instead of just want, and then when you do splurge on an item you desire, there's less guilt that you're always spending and collecting stuff you don't need!
2. Easier to Organize
Have you ever gotten to a point where you just don't have space for all the stuff in your home and you try to shove miscellaneous items in places that just create clutter? That's probably a good sign that you need to downsize! Everything should have a proper storage place and it shouldn't feel like drawers, closets and cupboards are bursting at the seams. It's much easier to organize everything and keep things neat when you have less stuff to find places for.
3. Less Clutter & More Space
Clutter creates chaos even if you're not aware of it. You can't fully relax in an overly cluttered space because it's not soothing to look at. Too much stuff in any area also leaves less room for just living and enjoying your home! Start with one room in the house and get rid of the stuff that you don't need or love that's just taking up storage space. Simplistic decor is also totally in right now, so keep that in mind even when decorating or redecorating your home!
4. You'll Only Have What You Love
A sound reason to downsize your collection of belongings is that you're left with only the stuff you love. I hate the feeling of having stuff I only sort of like simply because I can't seem to let go of items for various reasons. It is important to keep some sentimental items, but other than that, if it doesn't add beauty and functionality to your life, let it go!
5. Keeps You from Wanting More
Did you know that when you live with less, you'll actually desire less? It's part of the human condition to get sucked into the cycle of wanting more stuff after continuously buying more and more. It's an addiction like most other addictions because you love the feeling of a brand new, cool item and want that feeling to keep returning. And often times our culture attaches personal worth and value to material possessions and beauty instead of lasting things like love and character attributes. Stick to living with less and you'll feel more at peace about what you already have!
6. Someone else May Love It More
Maybe you have a friend or family member that's been in love with something you own and you just can't seem to give it up, even though you know they would appreciate it more. Decide to give it away, knowing it will be loved better by someone else. The same is true for the donation of things you don't use anymore- you know someone out there will be thrilled to own it!
7. It's Good for Humanity
And finally, living with less is just good for humanity overall! Plenty of people live on absolutely nothing and it's a great perspective to have to appreciate the stuff you've been given and feel totally blessed. That kind of attitude even has the potential to change a person's character and how they relate to the world.
Downsizing your life may seem difficult, but it's totally worth it when it's all said and done! What are some other benefits you know to be true about downsizing and getting rid of stuff?