9 ways : to excellent life
June 27, 2015
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It goes against everything our culture has (not so) subtly taught us to own less, but once you give yourself that initial push, you’ll find the difference can make a world of difference. Doing a massive purge of your stuff can solve multiple problems and sources of stress in your life — here’s how.

1. Spend Less ( less Monetary gain person )

Choosing to accumulate only the essential often results in financial freedom. Have you ever sat down and added up all the little or moderate expenses here and there to see what you really spend on material things? Try tracking your spending for a month or two, you’ll be surprised how much money you could save by changing your shopping habits.

2. Less Stress ( more happiness )

A minimalist home is significantly less stressful. Admit it, there’s probably at least one or too (or, more likely, several) spaces you wish was less cluttered, but every time you try to clean it up, it just ends up cluttered again. Living a minimalist life makes your living space less likely to accumulate clutter.
Make your home more appealing. Simple. Less stuff, less cluttered look. You’ll have a living space that looks tidy and clean with significantly less effort than when you had more possessions.

3. More Freedom ( less control)
The sense of freedom that comes from minimalism is truly refreshing. You probably don’t realize the amount of energy and time you spend on your things; it’s second nature for most of us. Give yourself more freedom.

4. More Productive ( less busy )
Our possessions consume our time more than we realize. Spend less time with stuff and more time on working towards your goals.

5. Role model for your family ( children love to be like you)
These are valuable life lessons they will never learn in the media. If you have kids in your life who look up to you, be they your sibling or your niece or your son, you can be the defining example in their lives and inspire them to be free of excess stuff.

6. More intimacy ( less formal)

Create a less stressful life today and lessen the burden on someone else too. At some point,you need your people with you. People who all are less formal and more connected with emotions. (with your family even without you). Don’t leave them with endless knickknacks to sort through.

7. Be Happier
Owning fewer possessions makes you happier — really. One study has shown that 87% of people who self-report owning less stuff said they were happier than when they’d owned more.

8. Do Work You Love
Own less stuff. Choose work you love. You’ll have more freedom to pursue opportunities you otherwise wouldn’t have taken with a house full of stuff to look after, and spending less time shopping (be it window or actual) frees up time for your career.

9. Display What You Value Most
Communicate what is most important. What do the things you have on display in your home say about you? Are they really a true representation of who you are and what you value? Owning less allows you to present an image that you can be proud of.

About author

Dr Shailesh Thaker

Dr. Shailesh Thaker is a world-renowned management thinker and trainer on organizational behavior and development. He is the CLO of Knowledge Plus Inc., a highly reputed training firm based in Ahmedabad, India, helping organizations to achieve international benchmarks in management practices.

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