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How I Started Living With Less.

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How I started on my journey of living with less…

   Why minimalism?

If I lived on my own I’d have virtually no possessions , no TV , and a very organised and tidy house .

But I don’t , and as I can’t get rid of everyone else’s possessions I have to find a way of dealing with their “stuff” and continue in my quest of living with less stuff.

My partner is a borderline hoarder who still keeps boxes from phones he no longer possesses !
I too battled for years to contain my “stuff “, I would stuff it all in drawers , cupboards and the garage .

The house would be serene looking on the surface but the inner workings were a tangled mess of chaos .

 

   So, what changed ?

So what changed ?

I had the ever pulling urge to get rid of everything I owned, to make my overstuffed drawers and cupboards as clutter free as the surfaces so I started to get rid of stuff and it felt great  but I just kept filling up the newly acquired space with new purchases.

Then one day , I stumbled across a book which put me on a journey to simplifying my life ,  it immediately changed my attitude to shopping and clutter, it gave me a plan , a way to achieve the “click point” in my life , where I can  actively live with less and  everything I own sparks joy .
If you only read one book this year make it this one!
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever

the author takes you step by step through all the categories to help you simplify your life.

Read what happened next!

How To Declutter When You Have Not Got The Motivation, how to motivate yourself in 10 easy steps

How to declutter When Your Partner is not On Board ~ Simple tips to cut through the clutter!

How to Get Rid Of Your Junk Drawer In 1 Easy Step!

 

 


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31 thoughts on “How I Started Living With Less.

  1. I’ll have to check out the book! I am trying to live a simpler life in every area as well. I’ve found that having a family makes this more difficult, but not undoable. When I stop comparing my lifestyle to others who consider themselves minimalists, I find that I am content and have joy with the amount that I have.

    1. I think you have hit the nail on the head there it’s important to be comfortable with what you’ve got !

  2. I’m moving in about two months and I definitely want to condense what I have so I can live with less! I’ve been wanting to read the book but I haven’t gotten around to it yet!

  3. I’ve declared this month a no buy month. I don’t think I have a ton of stuff, but we have 4 kids living in this house and even a small mess can be overwhelming. I’m trying to purge a lot of unnecessary stuff, so we’ll see how that goes!

  4. That’s a great book. My wife bought it last year and we went through the house and got rid of a lot of things we don’t need. It felt great to clear up some space in the house, really energizing!

  5. Just read the book and my hands are itching to trow so much stuff away everyday! I’m going to get started with her methods soon. I think I’ll tackle my clothes tomorrow.

  6. You could have written this for me. My first tidying book was this one and it’s got me rolling. I’m about half way through my stuff but my wife is a collector of stuff. Shirts, socks, bandanas, paper clutter, electronic things that she claims to buy for me and then uses daily, setting aside the last one. While I’m making great progress, she’s planning the next purchases on credit. We’ll get there eventually I hope.

    1. Ahh yes it’s so frustrating! My other half is just starting to realise that if he stops spending money we have more money in the bank !
      theminimalists.com are another great read lots of tips and tricks from the ex millionaires!

  7. We are in the process of trying to minimise and organise our lives. I say we, I mean me. Haha. Dragging my husband into it but it’s tricky. I thought I was the one with the hoarding problem but he is such a bad influence! Always with the “you sure you wanna get rid of that?” Or “but I love that on you!” Such a battle. If I could go back I’d throw it all away before it started.

    1. Ahhh I feel your pain completely! I have to be alone when decluttering or my daughter (aged 9!) and my other half keep asking me why I’m throwing it out , even just rubbish! My 5year old is like me though his favourite job is a tip run !

  8. Did you read the second book? I loved that one too. I am tackling paper clutter now (after loving my clean wardrobe and bookshelf off course). 8 bags of paper (really big ones) and 4 boxes full of paper are gone… but now I don’t know any more. It got to a point where I feel it is still to much paper and I feel stuck. Anyways: not giving up. 🙂

    1. I did , I loved having illustrations. Paper was a nightmare I have to say , and I have missed a few things I’ve shredded ! 🙈 but on the whole much better without it !
      I’m stuck now at sentimental, I just can’t even peep in the box ! X

  9. Her book has some good principles,but as far as I can tell, she doesn’t really address dealing with other people’s feelings towards stuff. Especially children.

    I’ve been decluttering for about 2 years and with a family it’s an ongoing process. Hubby is definitely more on board now that he sees how much time and effort and frustration is wasted with having too much stuff.

    1. And money ! I agree that she didn’t cover kids stuff , hopefully now she’s got a little one she might bring out a new book !
      I just sneak out with my kids stuff however it’s only ever stuff they don’t use or enjoy playing with , everything else I don’t touch , I have one who loves to throw stuff away and one who will not part with anything even questions food packaging going in the bins ! You’re right it’s a never ending struggle!

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