Nowadays, we are offered many luxuries that are meant to simplify and better our lives. However, at this point we have lost the ability to separate desires from simple necessities. Here are some of the reasons why you need to look into simplifying your life starting now.
We live in a consumerism culture, where we assign so much meaning to material possessions. Our entire lives revolve around buying more products, more clothing, more shoes, bigger houses, better cars, etc. There is nothing wrong with being ambitious. If anything that is what drives most of us. But we seem to get carried away and invest our time and money into buying things that in reality add no value to our lives. We seem to chase the trends forgetting what actually brings joy and a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day.
Simplifying your life is about learning how to differentiate between wants and needs. A simple life does not necessarily mean moving out to a small house in the middle of nowhere. It’s about clearing out things, as well as futile relationships to concentrate on things that are worthwhile.
When one day I randomly started decluttering my house, and getting rid of the possessions I no longer needed, I started feeling lighter. It made things easier. I no longer needed to dig through dozens of products to find my eye cream, or face powder. The items I needed where right there, because there were only a few of them.
A simple life means different things to different people. But here are 4 reasons why I think you need to look into this transition:
1. Less you have lighter you feel.
Decluttering is addictive. The more I clear out, the more satisfied and lighter I feel. Having a lot of little or larger items around the house (souvenirs or unused pieces of furniture) somehow weighs you down and makes cleaning up a daunting experience; all the dusting and moving around you have to do. As someone with a child, keeping my house clinically organised and clean isn’t always easy. So everyone adjusts this practice according to their situation. One step and an inch of free space at a time 🙂
2. Simplify what you put in your body.
You should know every ingredient that is on your plate in front of you. Eat foods at their truest form. No additives, hormones, GMO. Ditch the pre-packaged stuff with an endless list of ingredients that you cannot even pronounce. Support your local farmers by buying locally. By doing that you aren’t only contributing to their economic growth, but also consuming the freshest produce.
The same goes to what you put on your skin. On average a woman applies 168 chemicals on her skin daily. Most of which can not only be harmful to her health but the environment too. Investing in your health is the best kind of investment you can make.
3. Choose quality over quantity.
Free yourself of debt or constantly running out of money by prioritising your needs. Then re-evaluate your needs. Less time you spend on shopping or watching indirect advertisements (that is constantly telling you to buy new things), more time you have to spend doing quality things with quality people. Invest in experiences and moments that you will cherish for the rest of your life.
4. Stop recklessly consuming and start contributing.
Create a healthier environment for yourself and your loved ones. Whether you would like to admit it or not, our planet is at risk. Recent climate changes do not only affect our living conditions but our health too. Choose eco-friendly, sustainable, biodegradable products in your everyday life to reduce our carbon imprint. Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.
“If you really think the environment is less important than the economy, try holding your breath while counting your money.” Dr. Guy McPherson