Many of us have a gnawing inside for more.
More is better, right? But what if less is more, and more is less? When you want what you have, you have what you want! Gratitude and discontent cannot co-exist.
- Less time spent maintaining things: If you don’t own it, you don’t have to maintain it, fix it, or dispose of it. Refuse what you do not need.
- Less money spent acquiring things you don’t need: If you don’t spend your money, it will still be in your wallet. Living with less can provide you a surplus with your present income.
- Easier to find things: If the dinglewhatzit is not buried under a layer of clutter, you will know right where to find it when you need it. You won’t buy an extra and then find what you are looking for later. Make sure every item you own has a “home” within your home.
- Less time spent cleaning: Less knickknacks means easier dusting. Less things to mop around really speeds up the process. Imagine if cleaning your house took less than two hours. It can happen!
- Less stress from your dwelling: If the laundry has been done and the clothes are put away, you can rest easier in your evenings and on your weekends. Sort the mail daily; put away the clutter. Kick procrastination to the curb, and kick back and relax at the day’s end.
- Less hassle if you have to move: If you don’t own it, you won’t have to pack it, or pay to move it. Less effort, and less money can be spent with less clutter. Doesn’t that sound nice?
In Simple Fly Life: The Manual, many tools are discussed to help you have more with less. There is an entire chapter on gratitude and how to build resilience and contentment with abundance. The information in The Manual, put into practice, can be life-changing.
If you take two people making the same amount of money, and one person’s needs are met with a little of their salary, while the other needs to spend all their earnings to feel right inside, that person who is satisfied with less will have a feeling of abundance. The person who needs to spend all they make will lack a surplus, and may feel a feeling of deprivation, even with all they acquire.
Be grateful for what you have, and work on desiring less. When you want what you have, you will have what you want. Build your gratitude the same way you would build your body’s muscles – practice. That way, your little will feel like a lot.
About the Author:
Ten years ago, Amity Farr was living the typical American life, feeling adrift in her circumstances. In her search for help, she found a book that opened her eyes to the life-changing magic of minimalism. Using the book’s principals, she began leading a minimalist lifestyle and soon retired her debt, decluttered her house and found what everyone wants: more time, more money, and less stress. Now an expert minimalist, Amity spends her time, helping others discover the joys the lifestyle offers. She wrote “Simply Fly Life: The Manual” and now helps others on their journey to discover the benefits of more time, more money, and less stress through her minimalist techniques, mindset, and philosophy.