One of the most effective ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle is to downsize. Downsizing your lifestyle involves cutting out the things that are less important, and finding contentment with a little bit less.
If you are ready to downsize your lifestyle here are a few tips that can help you get on the right track:
1. Decide What’s Important to You
Before you can downsize your lifestyle, you need to figure out what you want that lifestyle to look at. What’s most important to you? What are your priorities? Downsizing isn’t always about getting rid of everything and moving into a tiny house. Instead, take a look at what you like best about your life right now, and then figure out what spending serves as a distraction. Once you figure out what’s important to you, and prioritize, it becomes easier to know exactly what to cut out of your new lifestyle.
2. Stop Buying Unimportant Stuff
Now that you know what’s important, stop buying everything else. If you want to collect books, but don’t care about having a bunch of dishes, or knick-knacks, stop buying more kitchen items (and learn how to take care of what you have, such as sharpening your kitchen knives or polishing cutlery, and don’t buy more souvenirs. If you are going to downsize, you have to stop adding more things to your household. Some people make the rule that, if they buy something, they have to get rid of something else. This is one way you can limit how much clutter you have in your home.
3. Go Through Your Home One Area at a Time
Once you have decided what’s important, and stopped buying what isn’t important, it’s time to get rid of some of your stuff. Focus on one area at a time in your home. We recently did this in our kitchen. We realized that we didn’t need a whole bunch of different types of pans. We figured out what we liked to make, and what was made most often, and kept the pans and bowls that made the most sense. Everything else was donated to the local thrift store.
Concentrating on one area at a time can help you manage your efforts, and better focus them. Plus, it makes the whole process less overwhelming. Take it a little at a time, and you will be more successful when trying to figure out how to simplify your life.
4. Soften the Blow
In some cases, you might want to downsize your lifestyle, but you are finding it difficult to let certain items go. If this is an issue, you can soften the blow by looking for ways to turn it to your advantage. Donate goods to help raise money for a charity, and get a tax deduction. Sell items to start making money online, or hold a yard sale. When you are getting something in return for your items, it can help you let go of your things.
5. Focus on Developing Inner Traits
Focusing on the non-material things that add fulfillment to your life can help you get over your stuff. Think about what you already have: Friends, family, health, good experiences, access to the outdoors. These are all items that can add interest to your life, and take your focus away from material things. Developing talents and finding a hobby can also help fulfill you in a way that takes your focus away from things.
Do you have ideas about downsizing your lifestyle?