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5 Strategic Ways to Live With Less

Why is it that we are never satisfied with what we have? We always seem to want more, or bigger, or better. We keep buying…and then we have to build more storage or buy more storage products to organize it all. The alternative to always having to de-clutter and organize is to have less and enjoy life more.

Challenge yourself to live with less. Here are 5 tips to help you get started down that road:

  • A good way to avoid buying things you don’t need is to put the item you want on a 30 day list. Don’t purchase anything unless it’s been on the list for 30 days and you still feel that you absolutely “need” it. Usually we lose interest thereby saving ourselves the money and clutter.
  • Set a rule that when you buy something new, you have to get rid of the same number of currently held items. That way items don’t keep accumulating.
  • Make sure you have a place for something before you purchase it. Most times we buy and then have to figure out where it can go and usually we have to rearrange other items to make space. If you don’t have the perfect place for it, don’t bring it into your home to start with.
  • Give away one item a day – that’s 365 less items over the run of a year. I read an article the other day about a family that reduce the number of items to match the year – so in 2015 they will remove 2015 items from their home, 2016 in 2016, and so on. That might be a little extensive for some of us, but I could probably live with letting go of one a day.
  • Follow my motto – “If you don’t love it, don’t buy it.” It’s that simple!!!

Before you know it, you will be content with living a simpler, easier life that gives you more time to do what you enjoy.

This is the final blog based around the “January Organization Month” theme. I hope you have enjoyed them and found them helpful in one way or another. Good luck getting your home and life in order. Not only will it make life easier, it will benefit the planet as well. If you would like some assistance with decluttering, organizing, home decorating, interior design, staging, color consulting, or advice for renovations, repairs, or updates, please contact me for a free quote.

I’ll leave you with this quote I saw while researching for these blogs. I thought it was very profound.

“We don’t need to increase our goods nearly as much as we need to scale down our wants. Not wanting something is as good as possessing it.” – Donald Horban

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