While family size has decreased significantly since the 1970s, the average home size has increased by more than 1,000 square feet. At the same time, rates of depression and anxiety have skyrocketed. And while home size and emotional state may not be directly connected, there is a movement toward living in smaller homes and leading a simpler life in order to reduce stress and anxiety.
The philosophy behind the movement is that with good design, minimal “stuff” and fewer expenses can result in more time, money and freedom to experience the adventures life has to offer.
So how does one get started minimizing in order to maximize happiness? The new year is a perfect time to embrace a life where less is more. While you may not be ready or able to downsize on square footage, there are other ways to embrace the movement. Start slow. Pick a closet or dresser that you rarely access. Donate, sell or throw away anything that is unnecessary. If something doesn’t have sentimental value, legal value or essential/practical value (something you use daily), get rid of it.
As you start letting go and as you begin to enjoy less clutter, you’ll find it easier to let go of more and more. Of the things that remain, make sure they have a place as good organization is critical. Commit to the movement by keeping additional clutter from entering your home. Once you get comfortable with less stuff, you can consider the next step of reducing your home size. Getting rid of the excess is the first step to living a life of adventure and fulfillment.
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