by Kathie England

If We Downsize and Declutter Our Lives Can We Get More Out of Life?

That is the title of an article published in Australia on July 5, 2015. I discovered a summary of this article in the most recent issue of The Chronical, the newsletter of the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD – I was so intrigued by the summary that I followed the link to find the entire article.
I hope you’ll do the same, so I’ve provided the link below.

Here are a few of the interesting snippets in the article:

  • According to recent UK research, couples have 32 arguments a year about the volume of objects in their house. Stuff can mean serious stress.
  • Stuff is out. Experience is in according to James Wallman, cultural-trend forecaster and author of Stuffocation: Living More with Less.
  • Tamara DiMattina created a project called “Buy Nothing New Month.” Each October, she encourages people to think before they buy, and ask if they need a new item, or if they could borrow or buy secondhand instead. “It’s not about having nothing; it’s about having the right things,” she says. “Well-designed products give longevity.”

The article begins by describing the following project:

“Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus are two friends now known as The Minimalists. Five years ago, they were earning six-figure salaries and working 70-hour weeks in the US. But ‘affluenza’ was making them stressed; the cars and gadgets they could afford weren’t enriching their lives. So they packed every item in their (large) houses into boxes with the aim to unpack only what they needed, when they needed it. On the first day, they each unpacked hygiene products, a suit, one pair of underwear, one pair of socks, one pair of shoes, one tie and one belt. The next day came a few more things, such as plates and cutlery. Five days later, they didn’t unpack anything. Almost everything they owned was still sitting in boxes. They discovered what made them happy wasn’t their stuff, but spending time with friends and family.”

How might you get more out of life if you decluttered?