Sometimes we buy things and fill our homes with junk because we think they’ll make us happy, when in reality, stuff does not make us happy. So we end up with houses full of clutter wondering where our space and money went. But there’s a better way to live. Here are 9 quotes about decluttering and minimalism from Francine Jay, an author and blogger.
This post was originally published on my blog Tuxedo Cats and Coffee.
9 Quotes About Decluttering and Minimalism from Francine Jay
In my humble opinion, minimalism rocks. Here’s why I love minimalism.
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I love the way that stripping away excess material possessions reveals who you truly are deep down, without things, without material possessions, and without status symbols. Minimalism is simplicity, ease, and freedom at their finest. It’s not about getting rid of everything you own, but taking away the unnecessary things in your life to leave you with your real self, honest and modest and simple.
You could say that minimalism is the opposite of mass consumerism. While some spend their whole lives in school to get a better job, claw their way up the corporate ladder to get a better salary and promotion after promotion, buy endless status symbols and facades of who they are as a person, and then bide away their time until retirement, I’d much rather embrace a simpler life. A life that doesn’t involve being in the rat race or keeping up with the Joneses.
I’d rather whittle down my number of possessions rather than keep adding on to them. I’d rather sit in nature and appreciate the gentle sounds of wind blowing past the trees and watch a scarlet sunset streaking through the sky. I’d rather replace the desire for more stuff with appreciating life in the present moment and escape the vicious cycle of making more and more money to buy more and more things. Money isn’t inherently the problem, but trying to fill our unhappiness with “things” instead of genuine peace, is.
Let’s simplify our lives and desire less stuff. Life doesn’t have to be complicated. Life can be simple and free.
What are three steps you can take to declutter your “stuff” today?
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Doing the opposite of mindless spending – active decluttering – can make you happier because you start to pare down the excess in your life and are left with the things that truly matter. The non-material things, like love and family and friends and following your dreams.
In Francine Jay’s The Joy of Less, she talks about how to live lightly and declutter your stuff and embrace a minimalist lifestyle. This book is a great introduction to the minimalist lifestyle and a way to declutter your life.
1. “If these things haven’t delivered on their promises yet, it may be time to let them go.”
2. “In order to be a good gatekeeper, you have to think of your house as sacred space, not storage space.”
3. “Remember, space is of equal value to things (or greater, depending on your perspective).”
4. “In pursuing a minimalist lifestyle, we need to resist the temptation to recreate the outside world within our abodes.”
5. “Cultivating an attitude of gratitude is far more conducive to a minimalist lifestyle. If we recognize the abundance in our lives, and appreciate what we have, we will not want for more. We simply need to focus on what we have, rather than what we don’t have.”
6. “Go through your house, and make a list of everything you own. I know some of you are looking at this page incredulously; but no, I’m not kidding. Make a list of every book, every plate, every fork, every shirt, every shoe, every sheet, every pen, every knickknack – in short, every single object – that resides inside your home. Too difficult? Try just one room? Still can’t do it? How about just one drawer. It’s pretty overwhelming, isn’t it? Do you still feel like you don’t have enough?”
7. “Decluttering is infinitely easier when you think of it as deciding what to keep, rather than deciding what to throw away.”
8. “I live lightly and gracefully, with only the objects I find functional or beautiful.”
9. “A place for everything, and everything in its place.”
All quotes are from The Joy of Less by Francine Jay.
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