Sunday, 7 November 2010
The simplicity movement (if you can call it a movement) is not just about less 'stuff'. Of course that does feature in there somewhere in terms of streamlining your possessions and being more organised. Less possessions = less things to get lost/find, less maintenance/cleaning, less debt.
But deeper than that is the other things you can focus on once you've stepped back from the 'stuff'. Less commitments, less pressure, less need to work, less pursuit of some ideal life we are under pressure to achieve, less stress. More time with your family doing things that matter, more fun, more focus on people and experiences rather than possessions.
Anyway I've rounded up some good resources on this subject in the links below in case you want to explore further.
365 Less Things
The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life
Throw Out Fifty Things: Clear the Clutter, Find Your Life
I'll finish by confessing I'm just on the start of this journey......you see I love 'stuff'. I spent £2 on some shaped elastic bands yesterday for Yoyo for heavens sake (they really were cute, and she was poorly). But I think I'm beginning to realise there could be a different way.............in fact I'm starting a new category label of 'Keeping it Simple'. Watch this space.