Organizing Tips & Tricks: Minimalism

Why do we feel the need to have so much stuff?

Do any of these sound familiar? 
I deserve it because…..
  • Everyone has it, so I should have it.
  • Surrounding myself with things makes me feel better.
  • Shopping is my hobby.
  • When I’m bored, I shop.

 

 

Organizing Ideas

What would life look like if we didn’t have so much?

The word “freedom” comes to mind.

Just think, we’d have…

  • More money.
  • More time.
  • Less stress & anxiety.
  • Fewer possessions to maintain.

 

I asked myself, “What compels me to buy?”  

I found I go into a trance when I’m in a store. All of a sudden I can’t live without that orange bowl, the lime green vase or another organizing gadget. Stores like Costco, Target, and Bed Bath and Beyond are my worst enemies, oh, and those endless catalogs in the mail.

So this is my solution:

As a single woman, I don’t need a Costco membership.

I shop at Target online so I don’t walk around the store.

I go to Bed Bath & Beyond when I’m in a hurry so I don’t have time to wander around.

I called companies and canceled their catalogs.

And guess what?

I reduced my spending so much I doubled my monthly savings.

 

Have You Seen…?

“Minimalism” scary word, right?

Hear me out before you move on to the next email!

When I first heard of minimalism I was skeptical. I thought it meant living in a sterile environment. As an interior designer, I love beautiful things, so living in a white box with a chair, table and bed was not my idea of a quality life. But being a curious person, I took a chance and listened to what Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus had to say. They built their concept around two words:

Deliberate spending

According to their documentary, it isn’t about living without, it’s making conscious decisions when purchasing something new.

They suggest asking yourself these questions before buying:

  • Do I need it?
  • Do I already have it?
  • Would it make me happier?
  • Would it add value to my life?
  • Where will it fit in my house?
  • Will I be satisfied with it a week later?

 

WHAT ARE YOUR BUYING TRIGGERS?
DO YOU KNOW WHY YOU BUY WHAT YOU BUY?

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