Less things

Choosing less over more

Two years ago, I lived in a penthouse, beachfront Sydney apartment. I had a 4WD in the garage and an overflowing closet. At age 29 I was well and truly in the “accumulation” stage of my life. I was mindlessly doing what I was “supposed to” be doing, working hard to pay for “things” I thought I needed. Today, I live in a one bedroom apartment with no car and significantly less things. Instead, I have more time and more disposable income to spend on experiences that I really enjoy. Over time, I have chosen less over more. 

Try it: What material possessions or aspects of your schedule or day-to-day life weigh you down? Try changing it up, choosing to own or do less rather than more.

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Less things, Small steps to try

Decluttering our wallets

What is in your wallet? If you are anything like me about one year ago, it's full of membership cards, receipts, handwritten lists and notes and small coins... and hopefully also the things you actually use daily, like money and/or bank cards! My wallet was heavy, both physically and mentally, because every time I would get it out I was reminded that I should clean it out and 'get organised'. So I decided to get a smaller wallet, and to review what I really needed to keep on me in physical form all the time.

Try it: Take a few minutes to go through your wallet and clean out anything you don't need. Could you carry less around than you do right now? 

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Do you really need it?

I have been doing my very best to be intentional about what I buy lately, and have been implementing some key steps in that process. Do I really need it, and did I need it yesterday (or the day before that)? Does it fit in my closet, or in a cupboard? Is it going to take up my precious time without at the same time adding value?

Try it: Develop your own "do I need it?" flow chart, on paper or just in your mind. Next time you find yourself thinking, "I really need...", apply your questions and see if you really do need it.

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