Do you ever have the feel like you’re being pulled in multiple directions, overworked and stressed, never have enough time or are constantly worrying about money? Me too.
Somewhat paradoxically “less” may be the secret to getting back control over your life. Focusing on the essentials, being more selective about what we do, minimizing the stuff we strive to obtain and consume, spending time with the people that matter. Living a life with less allows us to focus on what really matters. Cutting out the crap, the unnecessary and the toxic, is key to making this philosophy work.
I’m trying to live a simpler life and am increasingly buying into the idea that less is more. Reducing physical and mental clutter, freeing up time to focus on passion projects and family, finding joy from experiences rather than things. This reductionist approach also aligns well with my goal of financial independence, allowing me to save more by spending less, given my dramatically lower desire for possessions. I also happen to like the minimalist aesthetic.
Below is a list of actions I’ve taken over the past few months to simplify life:
- I now don’t buy books and instead borrow from the library (accessing digital books using an App called Libby)
- Donated car loads of furniture, clothes, books and unused sporting equipment to charity. It was all in great condition but not being used or no longer loved.
- Sold our house and downsized to a smaller rental. This is hopefully just a transition step to an even smaller place in a year’s time as we try to reduce our footprint even further
- Cancelled cable and eliminated that significant monthly expense
- Stopped eating out/getting takeaway multiple times a week. As a family we are now eating cheaper, healthier and often more tasty meals
- Kept my old phone despite being constantly bombarded with upgrade offers
- Started daily intermittent fasting. Not sure if this is having any positive physical effects yet, but I definitely feel better for it
- Stopped buying lunch at work and am now bringing my own. I tend to bring the same thing each day which can feel boring some days but does streamline prep time and eliminates any decision fatigue
- Implemented a replace not add rule regarding new purchases. The driver behind this idea is not to add to the endless list of possessions we currently already own and to only buy things when a replacement is necessary
Things we want to do soon but haven’t achieved yet:
- Become a one car household again
- Eat less meat
- Stop/dramatically decrease time in front of the TV and device usage
Long term ambitions:
- Financial independence
- Establish my own business
- Increase the time each year I dedicate to travel
What have you been working on and what are your long-term ambitions? Can “less” work in your life too?
Thanks for reading
Mr Simple Life