10 January 2009

Tip of the Day January 10, 2009

Simplify

There is a certain romance to the “simplify your life” movement. The thought of having just enough, without any clutter around, can be very appealing. And having too much stuff really does weigh us down. Take a look at everything in your home. If it does not add joy, beauty, meaning, or usefulness to your life, give it away. And when you are tempted to buy something new, ask yourself: does it make me smile? Do I need it? Will I really use it/wear it/read it/listen to it? If the answer is yes and you have the cash to buy it, without hurting your budget then go ahead.

Then, on a quarterly basis (monthly if you have a lot of 'stuff'), go through your house and ask yourself these same questions again. Go through your wardrobe, linen cupboard, kitchen cupboards, garden sheds and garage and get rid of those things that do not add genuine joy, beauty, meaning or usefulness to your everyday life.

For Advanced Cheapskates: After purging excess stuff instigate a "one thing in, one thing out rule". No one can bring an item into the house unless they first remove one. This way you'll maintain your simplified and de-cluttered environment and you won't be doubling up on purchases.

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