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Minimalism. The true cost of our ‘stuff’.

The true cost of our stuff
The true cost of our stuff

Have you ever thought about how your unwanted stuff affects your life? 

To be fair, I think the majority of you will say no. Hence, why I write this blog post to you today.

Let me start you off with some thoughts and feel free to comment any additional ‘costs’ you can identify!

Money

Now this is the ‘cost’ that first springs to mind! The element of money comes in different forms however.

  1. Your initial spend.

    Yeah I really did once spend £30 on a t-shirt that was worn by Seann William Scott in a film…..! I can think of so many different, infinitely more useful things to spend £30 on. What was I thinking??

  2. The cost other people would buy it for

    When i first started my decluttering journey, I realised how many of my items were unused and still in mint condition. Then it dawned on me that other people may get use out of my unwanted items and would pay money for it. Cue a mass selling spree. I have been lucky enough to earn thousands of ££s on my ‘junk’. Imagine if they were still sitting in my house collecting dust??

  3. The hidden costs!

    You also need to consider the money you spend on eliminating your items. That quick drive to the household waste centre, the drop off to an online buyer etc. It all adds up! Try and be smart and minimise these spends. Tack drop offs to already planned routes where possible.

Space

Before eliminating my unused items, my house had things jammed in cupboards, drawers, piles of papers on furniture…. You get the image don’t you? There was a jam packed enclosed feeling, similar to what you feel on the London Underground! Not great for someone with claustrophobia right? No wonder i felt anxious!

Now my house feels light, bright, airy and I ultimately feel able to relax and enjoy my own home.

This also can link back to money. Imagine if your decluttering results in considerably less space to the point that you could reduce the size of your house. This would result in lower mortgage/rent, lower utility bills and less money to maintain your house. 

Time

time

 

 

 

I found that most of my evenings and weekends were being spent trying to find things, tidying & sorting things in my home. I would have much rather been spending my time relaxing with my family creating memories – which is exactly what I do now!

Environment

As a planet, we produce too much stuff and buy too much stuff. Then what happens with it? It goes in the bin. Where is the love for our home? I have become much more aware of the things I buy, what they are made of and what I can and how I can recycle. If we all shared the same philosophy, our planet would be a much healthier place to live. 

Where I have tried to focus on the most is plastics and how I can consume less.

Let me know your opinions in the comments box. Have you started to rethink your shopping habits?

 

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Simple Joy was founded by Hayley Forster, a Wellness & Lifestyle Coach. Hayley is an advocate of intentional living, with a passion in helping others simplify their lives in order to find their ideal lifestyle full of contentment, creativity and authenticity!

  • Kari
    September 27, 2017

    Oh I live in a house of clutter from others collecting but I am a minimalist at heart. These points are spot on!

    • SimpleAdmin
      Kari
      September 28, 2017

      It is so hard when you live with others who don’t necessarily follow your style. Keep it up!

  • Lauren | also known as mama
    September 27, 2017

    I am definitely making a conscious effort to reduce the amount of stuff we have and live a simpler life.

    • SimpleAdmin
      Lauren | also known as mama
      September 28, 2017

      That is great to hear Lauren! Let me know if there is anything specific you need to know that I can address in future blog posts

  • Danielle
    September 27, 2017

    I’ve always said that less is more. I cleaned out my closet this past summer and it felt great! I am continuing to minimize throughout our home and it is so great!

    • SimpleAdmin
      Danielle
      September 28, 2017

      oh you can easily get hooked! Keep it going and you will really notice the difference

  • Hayley Stroh
    September 27, 2017

    This is some great advice. I really need to take the time to relax and think about my spending habits. Thanks for sharing and great name!

    • SimpleAdmin
      Hayley Stroh
      September 28, 2017

      Thanks for your kind words!

  • Ashley
    September 27, 2017

    I am trying to be better these days about watching my spending, as I’m now a stay at home mom. Making the switch hasn’t been easy, but you’ve provided some great tips here!

    • SimpleAdmin
      Ashley
      September 28, 2017

      My pleasure. Let me know if there are any topics you would like to know more about so i can help you in future blog posts!

  • Carley
    September 27, 2017

    My husband and I have been working so hard to declutter. It’s quite a task but totally worth it!

    • SimpleAdmin
      Carley
      September 28, 2017

      Well done! Keep it up. As you say its hard work but the feeling after it will keep you hooked in the lifestyle 🙂

  • Carolyn
    September 28, 2017

    I love the idea of minimalism. I have tried to clear out a lot of stuff but with 3 kids it is hard. I did love when we got rid of a lot of baby items like the swing, bouncy seat and pack n play. They are so big and bright that the room looked so amazing and clean when they were all out of the living room.

    • SimpleAdmin
      Carolyn
      September 28, 2017

      It is very hard with kids. Especially when it comes to toys… I have found a good method is to take a handful of toys that they don’t really play with anymore, hide them in a cupboard for a few weeks and if they don’t notice they can go to a charity shop. Continue to do that to minimize. Good luck!

  • Adree
    September 28, 2017

    Great post. I think one of the things the “stuff” costs me is my peace of mind. I get frustrated when the house is always a mess and can cause unneeded stress.

    • SimpleAdmin
      Adree
      September 28, 2017

      Indeed. It is very closely linked to stress and life satisfaction. The less you have, the less you have to do and worry about!

  • Mary Ware
    September 28, 2017

    I’ve been on a quest to reduce the amount of stuff in my house for years, but I need to pick up the pace! You are so right about the time and space they take up!

    • SimpleAdmin
      Mary Ware
      October 2, 2017

      Good luck! let me know if you need any support

  • Charissa | thenotsobusymom
    September 28, 2017

    Space and time definitely jump out at me. I often say, “I don’t want to spend my life managing my stuff!”.

    • SimpleAdmin
      Charissa | thenotsobusymom
      October 2, 2017

      yes! exactly! who wants that ay?

  • Christina | From Under a Palm Tree
    September 28, 2017

    I am always at odds with myself when I think about stuff like this. One hand I love shopping. I LOVE it. I always want adorable nick nacks or I even make new things out of old things. But then the other part of me longs to be free of all of it. All I want to do sometimes is sell all of my stuff and just be weightless. I love it and I hate it. I feel very conflicted lol.

    • SimpleAdmin
      Christina | From Under a Palm Tree
      October 2, 2017

      I understand that. Have you tried replacing items? So when you buy one thing you need to get rid of another?

  • Annie thompson
    September 29, 2017

    YoU make such good points. I completely agree. Lately I have been trying to get less stuff because it just stresses me out! I can’t think with clutter

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