My family and I recently moved.  We downsized quite a bit.  And with that came the realization that we have way too much stuff.  

We ended up having a yard sale and donating a lot of things to a local second hand store.  I can’t tell you how great it feels to have less clutter! 

It’s amazing what we can accumulate in just a few years.  Sometimes we buy things because we have a genuine need, but other times we buy things to fill space.  There is a growing trend of simplifying, also known as becoming a minimalist.  

Being a minimalist is simply learning to live with fewer things.  In “Minimalist Living: Is Minimalism Just A Fad? Or Can It Really Help You Solve All Your Financial Problems?”  written by Christopher Murray* on Money Under 30, he discusses the benefits of this current trend:

  • Be free from financial worry
  • Get rid of clutter that doesn’t add value to your life
  • Spend more on experiences rather than stuff
  • Be happier and less stressed
  • Go green
  • Develop better relationships

While going through boxes, we found ourselves asking the questions – why do we keep this in a box and keep it stored away?  Do we need it?  Will we ever need it?  Those things that didn’t fit into our new home or add any future value went into the sale/donation box. 

What are some areas that you would like to simplify?  Maybe it’s your garage?  A shed?  Or even a simple “junk drawer” in your kitchen?  Whatever the case may be, minimizing your stuff can definitely lead to a more cozy and relaxing home for you and your family!