By Elsie Callender, Contributing Writer
One of the most life-altering journeys I’ve ever been on is one that I didn’t even have to leave my home to take.
My journey to simple living began in front of my closet, and continued through every area of my home. I purged junk from the bathroom, linen closet, my purse, and every other space that was choked with more things than I could ever use or enjoy.
As I opened the airways in my home, purging junk and helping my living space to breathe, I began noticing benefits right away!
I noticed that with a simpler home, I spent less time cleaning.
I learned that I could streamline my morning routine by simplifying my makeup drawer.
And I loved that with less possessions, it was much easier when it came time to move into our tiny cabin.
One result of decluttering that I did not expect was the way my spending habits changed. I thought that I was already pretty careful about how I used money, but after simplifying my home my perspective on spending changed completely. I now spend much differently than I used to, and in the process, I’ve saved a lot of money!
Here are some of the ways that my spending changed after I decluttered my home:
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1. I’m more disciplined with my spending
Because I’ve gone to a lot of work to simplify each area of my home, I’m more mindful of the additional things I bring in. It took lots of time and mental energy to purge so much stuff from my house, and I don’t want to lose that hard-won ground! I’m more likely now to hold off on buying new things so that our home doesn’t get cluttered up again.
2. I spend smarter
I put a greater emphasis on quality than I used to. As I simplified my wardrobe, my shoes, or other things I owned, I was surprised by the number of worn-out and broken things that I found! These items were usually of lower quality to begin with, and they wore out after a year or two of use. Now, I do my best to buy higher quality items when I can afford them (or find them on sale!), knowing that the extra money spent will be an investment. Since I own less, buying higher-quality items ensures that they’ll last longer under frequent use.
3. I consider space as a resource, not just money
I used to only take my budget into account when I considered buying an item. I thought about whether or not I had enough money to purchase the item, and how much it would set me back. Now, I realize that space is every bit as important a factor as the budget! I want my simple home to stay simple, so with each purchase, I ask myself: “Does this item have a space waiting for it back home?” I want all my clothes to fit on a certain number of hangers. Dishes and appliances have to fit in our tiny kitchen. Books need to fit on the the bookshelves, without being crowded.
4. I delay spending
My purchases are fewer and farther between, because I spend time researching the item I want to get. If it’s something I can find online, I look for the best prices and read product reviews. If it’s something I want in-store, I wait for a sale, if I can, and I’m prepared to simply say “no” to an item if it’s not exactly what I’m looking for.
5. I get my money’s worth
After I’ve spent money on a good-quality item that I’ve researched, I make sure to really use it! I might buy a nice sweater and then wear it once a week for a whole season. That’s already a lot of wears! But if it’s a good quality item, I can continue wearing it year after year!
Simply put, decluttering your stuff does more than just simplify your home–it changes your habits, too.
If you want to roll up your sleeves and start decluttering your home, but you’re not sure where to start, I wrote a book for you! Your Simple Home Handbook shows you 30 different spaces in your home and offers proven suggestions to simplify each one.
And if you don’t have time to declutter, but still want strategies to bring more breathing space to your home? You can download my FREE “tidy home cheat sheet” right HERE.
How has decluttering your home changed your habits?
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