Do you ever hear people saying they wish life could just be simple again? I hear that a lot. And I think that a lot myself. Life in general was pretty simple when I lived in a one-bedroom apartment and didn’t have much. I never went out to eat. I rarely bought anything for myself. Most of what I had was second-hand and given to me. But I still looked at what I had and felt like I had so much. Because I did. I still had more than the majority of the people in this world.
Instead of complaining about life not being so simple anymore, what if we did something about it instead? What if we made changes to make life more simple again?
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That’s what I’m doing. It’s hard. It takes sacrifice and risk. But I’m making changes to live a simpler life again. I have a job that’s a lot less stressful and I work almost ten fewer hours a week than I did a year ago. But I also make a lot less money doing it. I am also getting rid of stuff. Stuff stresses me out too. It requires cleaning, maintenance and updates. How much time do you spend making phone calls, sending e-mails, googling or actually working on stuff you own (think about your car, your lawn mower, your appliances and electronics, etc.)? Exactly. Less stuff=more time, more energy and more money for doing more important things.
I’m also downsizing my home. Less space to clean. Less space to store unneeded junk. We’re planning on moving into a condo, which also means MUCH less maintenance (especially exterior: think windows, trim, roof, yard). And it’s going to save us money, too.
I like the Special K slogan: “What will you gain when you lose?”
Words to live by when it comes to downsizing too.