Many people are obsessed with accumulating things; but if you choose to live a simple life, this will become one of the least important activities in your life. Possessions can trap you in an unsatisfying life that costs you in terms of money, time, and energy.
Many people have the false belief that the only way to achieve simplicity is by moving to a farm or the countryside, but this is not necessarily true. In fact, you can meet your needs more efficiently when living in the city. Of course, you need a bit of self-control and consistency in your daily routines to simplify your life.
So, what’s wrong with clutter?
Nothing really. Living a simple and clutter-free life should your heart’s desire, in which case, this becomes the greatest motivator to maintaining a simple life. It could result in:
Reduced stress – clutter brings a lot of visual distractions that lead to mental stress since there are so many things that need to be dealt with, and you keep procrastinating on them, resulting in stress.
More efficiency – an uncluttered workspace or environment means that you can focus better, increasing your productivity.
More peacefulness – an uncluttered space is not only clean and tidy, but also serene.
More attractiveness – an uncluttered room is easier to keep clean and organised, which makes it look attractive.
Saves time – when you are better organised, you spend less time finding things, storing things, moving stuff, and getting things from storage. Though decluttering takes time, the benefits are long-term.
Saves money – clutter will make you think that you need more space, which translates to a bigger home, bigger closets, and more storage space. When you need to move to a bigger house or move your items to a container, it translates to a big and costly hassle.
Frees up space – de-cluttering allows you to enjoy more space to accomplish a lot more. For instance, you can create space for a home office, get your car to fit in a previously congested garage, and even set up a home gym.
How to start living simple
When you make the decision to declutter and live a simple life, it is important that you give yourself enough time to get organised. De-cluttering can be overwhelming, so it is important that you do it right from the start. Clean systematically, moving from zone to zone, visualising the space, and getting rid of everything that you don’t need. Give yourself enough time to finish clearing and cleaning your space, like a whole weekend, so you don’t let the clutter to accumulate again.