Having lots of stuff is very stressful, this is one of the things I learned in moving to a different country. I don’t consider myself as a materialistic person until my family decided to move here in Canada a year ago. All our stuff accumulated throughout the years comes judgment day, deciding what stuff we can bring and what should be let go.
As you can imagine the stress I have to go through sorting our things and letting go of those especially with sentimental value. Knowing that I have to do something about it, I then created a strategy and stick to it no matter how hard it is. The process below was done multiple times in a couple of months until I was able to narrow down our stuff to 3 large and 2 small suitcases.
Having experienced that, I do not want to go through that situation again. Luckily I have a chance to start a new life and choose not to repeat the mistakes I had before, it’s like starting with a clean slate. So now when I buy something I would always have the criteria at the back of my head: “Is this really important, useful, and easy to maintain in terms of storage and cleaning?”. Then I began to appreciate a simplified life not only in terms of material possession we have but most importantly my way of thinking that makes me more effective in the things I do. Simplifying my life and how I think would mean…
- Lesser time to clean the house because less stuff is less clutter.
- Focus time and energy on essential things, rather than exerting effort on worrying where to store things and arranging it or what to wear later.
- Enjoying great space at the house that enables me to walk freely, move around to stretch and think, it’s like flowing of energy without barriers that block my view.
- Maximizing the use of the things I bought, rather than letting it sit in the cabinet and covered with dust.
- Valuing travel and experience more than spending money on stuff that can give only temporary happiness.
These are only a few I learned living a simple life that makes my day less stressful if not stress-free and I am excited to learn more every day how it can improve me as a person.