Owning less and being ok with it.
I had someone ask me the other day if I was going to upgrade my cell phone to the newest version. I had not even given it a thought until I was asked, and then I felt the instant pressure of maybe I should, and maybe I was missing out on something I needed! Within a few seconds, I came to my senses and remembered who I was and what I stood for, which is finding freedom in owning less.
While most of the world is looking for the next best electronic to hit the market, many like myself are turning our backs on consumerism and embracing the fact that happiness is not bought in a big-box store or in the latest version of the next best thing.
I truly believe living a simple life does not mean living with less or even doing without, it means looking for the simple things in life that bring us joy. It means changing old habits that keep us trapped in a must have must do life style.
For us it means we do not drive new cars or have a big fancy house, but what we do have we appreciate and find happiness in other things like our faith, family and farm.
When we moved to the country, we left most of what we had behind along with a lifestyle we were running frantically from. Eliminating the excess from our lives was all that was on our mind and with it came a sense of freedom by owning less.
Here are a few tips we use to keep us living a simple non-cluttered life by owning less:
- Stay out of the stores – Simplicity is about making do with what you already have not buying new and replacing things that can still be used.
- Limit exposure to ads – Companies spend billions of dollars every year trying to convince us we need the next best thing! Turn off the TV, watch movies without commercials and listen to real music rather than the radio.
- Use one thing at a time until you wear it out – Do we really need 5 pairs of shoes when we only have one pair of feet? How many outfits do we need when we can only wear one at a time?
- Learn to love being home – We spend thousands of dollars each year to pay and maintain our homes, many spend more time away from them than living in them. Find the joy in being at home!
We have learned that life is too short to spend time worrying about how we are going to buy that next best thing.
Now we spend our time looking for ways to live a more meaningful life on less.
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