Small homes, clearing expert Marie Kondo, FIRE (Financial Independence, Retire Early) take all the world by storm and generally have a minimalist approach.
OPINION: There is nothing like moving house to highlight the disadvantages of having too many things.
From a variety of hoarders, my own cabinets, shelves and wardrobes have been carefully packed to hold several times more than they were designed for. This strategy works well when you spend a long time in one place, but when I recently moved, the packages told that there was, in particular, a kitchen cupboard like a Tardis ̵
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Tiny homes, clearing expert Marie Kondo, the FIRE movement (Financial Independence, Retire Early) take everyone into use. world by storm and in the center has a minimalist approach. It's no longer okay to keep things to the memories, or just if you might need them one day. The present wisdom is that without things you have freedom, release from the past, more time to enjoy life (less time spent grubbing and cleaning) and more money.
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* Scroogeonomics: Christmas gift that continues to give  The drive to accumulate things is undoubtedly rooted in times of scarcity and poverty, since owning values were a sign of status. It was not enough just to own values - it was also important to show them in closet and on the walls of the whole world to see. Some things were honored so much that it was delivered from one generation to the next to be worth and shown, but never really used. It is clear to have things that meet psychological needs – for status, recognition and emotional security.
There is also an underlying conviction that throwing things is wasted, especially in a society dealing with the amount of waste it produces. There must surely be a limit to how much can be recycled through charity shops and waste recycling facilities. The real problem is not how much we hold or throw away, but how much is manufactured and sold.
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The global economy is dependent on people buying more things and cases. If we all become minimalist, what happens to economic growth? Probably not much because emerging economies like China and India still have much to gain. The problem of things is very much a wealthy social disturbance.
There are clear economic benefits derived from a minimalist lifestyle. Spending less on things allows you to stay out of debt and save more. It costs money to keep things – in the form of storage and maintenance. Stuff can be sold for a tidy profit. With less need for things, you do not need so much income to cover your expenses. This means that you can better survive unexpected events such as redundancy or poor health without debt, and you are able to retire earlier – first, because you can save faster for your retirement and secondly because you Don't need that much for your retirement.
To get these economic benefits, you need to do more than just declutter. Minimalism is about buying less, not just keeping less. Persistently buying lots of new things and throwing out many old things is wasted rather than minimalist. The art of minimalism lies in buying as little as possible and being resourceful to get the best from what you have.
For Marie Kondo, the key to cleanup is only to keep the things that sparkle joy. Life is certainly about finding joy and it must be persistent. The joy that comes from buying things is fleeting, while studies show that experiences such as traveling, adventure and sporting performance bring long-lasting joy without touching your cabinets.
Apparently, the psychological effects of removing the root can be quite profound. Attachment to things creates a blockage of mental energy that can take your life in new directions as it loosens. With a new house and an opportunity to introduce only what sparkles joy, I am trying to put this theory to the test.
Liz Koh is an authorized financial advisor and author of Your Money Personality; Unlock the Secret to a Rich and Good Life Awa Press. The advice given here is general and does not constitute specific advice to any person. An information statement can be obtained free of charge by calling 0800 273 847.