Why we’re happier having less

Posted in Home Decor, Lifestyle, Tips, Projects & DIYs
on January 9, 2017
Why I'm happier with less stuff

If you look around your home and feel overwhelmed by the clutter, this post is for you. We live in a world of consumerism, where shopping is a common pastime, which means we’re consistently adding things on top of things to our homes. We follow trends and the ever-changing likes and dislikes of our culture. We fall into place, yet we keep the old things that are now forgotten or seen as unattractive. That leads to a cluttered mess of things at home.

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Whether you have tidied up or not, you’re surrounded by things that you don’t even know what to think of! You once loved them, but now, you don’t really know what you even like.

We end up being weighed down by every choice we make. On top of the clutter, there’s the problem of over-spending and debt.

Once you overcome these things, you can live a simpler life with less stress and more joy.

I’ve begun the path to minimalism and it feels fantastic! It’s the feeling that I have when my house is full of AIR instead of STUFF. When I walk into my house and I don’t see piles of things on the counter or coffee table,  waiting to be sorted through. I can take a deep breath and feel peace. Instead of coming home and immediately start noticing all the crap everywhere!

Seeing piles on surfaces or stuffed closets in your daily life leads to so much internal noise and anxiety. Your mind picks up on all of it “that should go upstairs… that needs to be washed… I really need to organize those statements… have we paid that bill yet?” It goes on and on and on. It truly weighs you down!

Why do we spend so much time moving things from here to there or looking for things?

 

 

 

 

 

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I feel calm and relaxed when I am not surrounded by stuff and that’s how I keep my house something of a sanctuary. A place in which I can be creative, or relax, unencumbered by any random clutter, items representing hobbies which lasted 5 minutes or fashions that never really fit my style. —nomaderhowfar.com

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I’ve always leaned toward minimalist but didn’t know it, especially because I’ll admit I’m a shopaholic. I’ve been in a cycle for years of buy, buy, buy because these things will ‘make me happy’ and purge, purge, purge because it actually feels good to have less. The high that we get from buying new things is attached more to the act of buying than it is to the item. (Mind-blowing, right? But think about it) Once that settles into your mind, you’ll find it easier to say no at the store. Those things that you buy that make you so happy in the moment, stop doing that job after a little while. And then they blend in with everything else you already own. Unless, of course, you’ve made a really intentional purchase, where the item actually does add value to your life. And in that case, good for you!

I recently realized that I have no idea why I’m hanging on to so many things. I opened a closet and saw a stack of wall art leaning against the wall. The stack had been growing since we moved. Many of the framed pieces were moved from the condo and have never been hung up in our house (we’ve been here a year and a half), some of them were never even hung at the condo! So again… why am I keeping these? “Well, this one was a wedding gift, this photo is from our honeymoon, and this one….” OY. Those are not reasons to keep them locked up in a closet. I never look at them, I never even think of them until I open the closet!

I began de-cluttering my home, by first clearing stuff out of my wardrobe, because that was where the most clutter was confronting me everyday. As I moved into other areas of the house, my addiction to discarding grew, that often comes when you witness the calming effect a less cluttered space creates. I then spent larger chunks of time removing things. I could spend an entire afternoon de-cluttering.

I don’t want to surround myself with literal or object noise, so, to feel calm, I want my surroundings to reflect only calmness back at me. —www.nomaderhowfar.com

Now that there’s breathing room in my house, I feel at ease when I’m here. Now that I’m being more intentional with purchases, I have more money to spend on experiences. Now that I’m not constantly ‘getting organized’ I have time to spend with family and outdoors. I have less stress because there’s less noise, less debt and a shorter list of ‘have tos’. What’s your why? I’ll be back next week with tips on how to get started.

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xo,

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9 Comments

  • Sandra Mahlstedt

    This is just what I needed to read! Clutter drives me crazy!!! and our house is a mess! Now that the holidays are over and put away my goal is to simplify. I think that will be my new years resolution (a little belated) to organize and declutter over the next few months. I want you to come give me some advice. When you’re so close to it, it can be overwhelming. Your house is my inspiration!

    January 9, 2017 at 10:25 am Reply
    • Brittany

      Hi Sandy! Miss you. Next week I’m posting tips on how to get started and some good places/rooms to tackle first to get your feet wet. I hope that helps! I’d also love to come get my hands on it all… so I’m in 🙂

      January 11, 2017 at 5:07 pm Reply
  • Jordan

    Love this Brittany! The older I get, the more clutter stresses me out. I just majorly purged Ava’s playroom and it felt AMAZING! I’m itching to start in other areas of our home too so I’m excited to read your tips!

    January 9, 2017 at 10:33 am Reply
    • Brittany

      That’s awesome Jordan! Kids rooms are a great place to start since they’re always growing out of clothes and interests. It’s funny how things change as we get older too.. I guess WE grow out of the need for STUFF. I’m glad you liked the post 🙂 Have a great night!

      January 11, 2017 at 5:06 pm Reply
  • Abigail Miranda

    Brittany I have the same two polars – shopaholism and the constant need to declutter. I identify fully with buybuybuy -> purgepurgepurge. I mean, bags and bags to Goodwill with the turn of each season! I can’t stomach adding up the dollars out the door in each of those bags… We recently sold our home and I had the opportunity to REALLY clean out each and every square inch and only packed up what we needed to take. Everything else was offered to family or donated. I’m going to really try to maintain that idea in our new (much smaller!) home and look forward to the tips in your next post!
    Xo,
    Abby

    January 9, 2017 at 11:47 am Reply
    • Brittany

      Hey Abby! Oh how I’m glad to not be alone in this cycle! Moving is such a great opportunity to start over, and it sounds like you did it right! Now to maintain… that’s the hardest part for me. I think my tips about shopping will help you next week. So far, they’ve helped me keep up the less is more mantra at home.

      PS Small houses are a great excuse to not accumulate too much stuff. It won’t fit! I love that about ours… Congrats on the new place!

      January 11, 2017 at 5:05 pm Reply
  • carol

    Sadly I am a deeply disturbed woman who needs her clutter, but your home is very peaceful and beautiful.

    January 10, 2017 at 6:09 am Reply
  • Evamarie

    Brittany, this was exactly what I needed to read. Jonathan and I are so ready to live with less and have more “air” instead of more stuff. Thank you!! xo

    March 7, 2017 at 10:22 am Reply
    • Brittany

      That’s wonderful! I can’t wait to see how your place and outlook evolve

      March 19, 2017 at 8:45 am Reply

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