Anyone with a cell phone and access to social media is being marketed to on a 24/7 basis. Even if you have every ad blocker in the world set up, there is no way you aren’t subjected to the constant pressure to buy more and more things.
In a society like this, it’s easy to fall into a trap of constantly buying new things. Keeping up with the Joneses has gone supernova: the Joneses are everywhere, all the time.
Their life looks better than yours because they have more updated things than you do, right?
That’s where minimalist living comes in. If you want to learn how to take a step back from all the things and start appreciating life for what you have instead of criticizing yourself for what you don’t, keep reading.
Take a Good Look at Your Priorities
If minimalist living is something you want to consider, the first thing you have to do is take an inventory of your life and your priorities. Sit back and take a look at what you have, the way you live, and the way you look at life.
Is your home cluttered? Do you own a few of the same item? Are you holding onto sentimental items that you don’t use?
Do you have an abundance of clothing you never wear? Do you spend more time in your kitchen searching for your gadgets than you do cooking?
These are all signs that its time for you cut down on your possessions and begin appreciating what you have and all the wonderful ways you can use things.
Does This Spark Joy?
Marie Kondo has taken the world by storm thanks to her hit Netflix show Tidying Up. In this show, she helps families with an excess of stuff begin to sort through their things. One of her methods has caught on like wildfire.
The “spark joy” method is simple: you pick up each one of the items you own (yes, every single one of them) and hold them in your hand for a moment. Really consider the item.
If the item sparks joy, or if it makes you happy, put it in your keep pile. Everything else goes!
Joy can mean different things for different people. Your can opener probably doesn’t make you giddy with excitement, but maybe when you consider how many wonderful home-cooked meals this little tool has helped you create, you’ll think of it in a different light…
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