I must say I am intrigued.
What would life be like with limited possessions (wouldn’t you just have wads of cash!) and with no desire to buy?
Sarah Wilson’s new project My Simple Home has had me mulling over this subject since I read the article.
Don’t get me wrong I couldn’t do what she is doing…I am not a beanbag on the floor kinda gal but I yearn for simplicity.
Apart from the occasional, much anticipated clothing spree, I don’t do shops. It’s not somewhere I go for fun, I go when I need something. My version of de-cluttering is not Sarah approved but I think she was slightly harsh in her criticism.
I think de-cluttering is a trend because people are LEARNING. I went through a stage where I bought, accumulated and stocked what I thought was needed to make myself a happy life.
I now know don’t need it all. I have stuff coming out of every cupboard and storage location.
So what to do? We can’t all be Sarah, who has never felt the need to collect things or buy. I am not de-cluttering to re-clutter. I am simply removing the superfluous from my life.
I hate cleaning. The less stuff you have, the less places you need to find to stash it all.
I also think by removing surplus from your life you are allowing other, more soul-squeezing things into your life.
Five Ways To Live a Simpler Life
1. When giving gifts give experiences – Swimming with dolphins, a trip to the movies, a night in a hotel, a holiday – the gift of anticipation, the gift of memories. God now that I think of it even children would love things like this – a voucher for an amusement park, movie tickets or a show.
2. Stop shopping and see how long you last – what else can you do with your time, money?
3. See if you can learn the pleasure of growing your own fruit and vegetables. I am a terrible gardener but I am enthusiastic. Even though NONE of my projects are yet to bear fruit (pun intended) I am happy to keep trying. The only thing? I hate spiders and creepy crawlies and I forgot about these creatures in my enthusiasm to become a fully-fledged organic gardener…..
4. If you’ve already cluttered up your place (like me) then start pruning. Give generously to those who think your junk is a treasure.
5. When you do have to buy things (like school supplies etc) look for things that are going to last, be kind to the environment and are re-usable or have multi-purpose.
Sarah has predicted this kind of thinking is going to be HUGE trend this year. What do you think?
Have you thought about it?
Have any tips for me? I would love to hear your thoughts x x