Define simplicity then go for it

“Simplicity is a mindset,” she says. “It’s not so much about what you have and how much you have, but how you think about your life.”

Kristin van Ogtrop, managing editor of Time Inc.’s Real Simple magazine

I envy the couple in this story as they support each other in making life more simple. They seem to have the same thoughts on what simplicity is. Unfortunately not everyone can be as lucky as they are: there are some couples/families who have totally different ideas on how to simplify their lives.

The standard for living simply could be relative to how one thinks about their lives. This seems true despite how financially stable one is. There are some who live below the poverty line in my country who has a lot of useless stuff crammed in their homes and some who live wealthy in almost empty houses. It also goes beyond educational level: there are those who have never studied yet seem to know what they need over those who are well-educated and have overflowing books in their personal library.

Define what simplicity is to you (or each of you if you decide to include your loved ones) then go for it. Don’t worry about money as that is not a factor here. Most likely you’ll even earn money as you decide to sell off your old stuff. Don’t worry if you think you don’t know much about it, just think what you need in your daily life for the next 6 months and stick with those.

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