I’m going to tell you something that might come as a surprise to some and a relief for others: being a minimalist doesn’t mean never going shopping again. We live in a world of extremes that wants to categorize things into “good” or “bad” but buying things isn’t the issue here. The questions behind the purchases are what matter—the what, how much, and, more importantly, why are we buying things. Here are 5 pre-purchase questions to help you live a simpler lifestyle.
The psychology of the purge
I always find it both cathartic and stressful when I am going through my items to reduce clutter in my space. It is so liberating to pass things I no longer need on to homes where they will be used and loved— toys or clothes my children no longer need going to charities where they can have a new life. But as great as it feels to let things go there is also a part of us that wants to keep things around, “just in case”. We have a fear that the moment after something is out of our grip, we will suddenly be in need of it (even if we haven’t touched it for the last six months). How can we confidently minimize our possessions and in turn maximize our spaces?
Here are 3 tips to help you when choosing what to give and what to keep.
Living a simple life is gaining ground in society today; from the mothers who grow some of their families’ food in a backyard garden, to the employees who bike to work to reduce their carbon footprint. We are aware of the impact our choices have not only for ourselves but also our communities and the earth. But what does living simply really mean and how can we implement it in our lives today? That is where we hope to come alongside you in your journey to a simple life, answering questions you have and providing practical help in order to create your ideal, simple life.