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Live a simple life – Day 2

Wanting less will bring you more joy than having too much. ~ Christine Sternfels

Live a simple life day 2  - Copyright Christine Sternfels

Who’s guilty of buying more than what they need because it was on sale?  Or buying something to reward yourself because you thought you deserved it.  How about convincing yourself you need something because you have to buy $200 worth of stuff so you can put it on your card – interest free for 12 months – because you swear it will be paid off by then?  This is the reason why my garage is a storage room.   I’m guilty of all of the above, and I’m sure I’m not alone here.

While transitioning to a simpler life, this is one of the things I struggled with most.  I wouldn’t say I was addicted to shopping or material things because ultimately, I discovered it was the instant gratification of possessing anything newly acquired that gave me the high.  That’s why finding joy in ownership or abundance of things is temporary because the bill comes then you have to start paying for it and eventually, something better comes along then you’re no longer happy with the one you have.  It’s a vicious cycle!

To live a simple life… Want less.




8 responses

  1. I so want a simplier life. I recently moved and it is not all that amazing to me what you can accumulate in one house for 8 years – ha! I love clothes too much – way more than I can wear in my closet(s). Happy Hump Day!

    February 27, 2013 at 9:45 am

    • Have you ever come across something you bought a few years ago and the price tag’s still there?

      March 1, 2013 at 10:15 am

  2. I find that the older I get, the less I want. Or maybe it’s more like the less I buy, because I still want stuff. My partner and I are both packrats, so it’s quite difficult to get rid of stuff. And there are some things I will not part with until I absolutely have to, like my books. They are like old friends, and even though I have an e-reader, my physical books are still so precious to me.

    February 27, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    • Some things (practical or not) just cannot be discarded… those are the keepers and books are definitely one of those for us too.

      March 1, 2013 at 10:16 am

  3. Mary Lou Jimenez

    Yes, I too, was guilty of instant gratification. I guess as we age we come to realize we have so many doubles of things….as I look around at the things I collected for years, I am actually ready to give them away. My thing of the present time is “if it ain’t broke use it”.
    Simple life…..the best thing ever!

    February 27, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    • I know… sometime when you add up the unnecessary spending, it could have been a nice cruise or new kitchen drawers… the kind that don’t fall out every time you look for a fork.

      March 1, 2013 at 10:18 am

  4. We can’t take it with us! It is the novelty of something new that shortly wears off. A year after buying that “really cute shirt” you realize that you only wore it twice.

    I heard a story the other day on the radio of a women who could help others simplify their lives…She suggested that you give away 10 things a day. It doesn’t have to be anything big…By the end of the year you will have simplified and decluttered by giving away 3650 items…I think I need to take a look in the overstuffed basement and start!

    Hugs! – B

    March 2, 2013 at 9:52 am

    • Wow that sounds so daunting but I bet it’s rewarding too! I guess if I want to reclaim my garage, I better get started. Thanks for sharing a great idea. Hugs & love… C

      March 2, 2013 at 10:58 am

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