If you are one of those who are tired of reading another one of those similar article or blog about minimalist living, you are not alone. These so-called minimalists either emulate one another, talking about the same less-is-more, selling or giving away free e-books or they try to outdo each other by reducing more stuff from their lives (I’m not sure whether they actually practice what they say).
For instance trying to show off to their readers, they only posses 100 things like Dave Bruno, or 100 things they don’t own just like Francine Jay. I believe life is too brief and far too fun to own more stuff which one personally truly enjoys having. We don’t need to to go to the extreme of minimalism. But instead, we should find our passion in life by being savvy and at the same time indulge in the luxurious necessities (which you can afford) that can enliven our life.
The essence is to seek quality rather than quantity, personal style instead of frivolous trendy fashions and live a truly fulfilling and contented life of your own rather than following all those so-called minimalists.
I advocate spending on the things that are important to you and saving on the things that are not as important, rather than simply cutting back almost every other thing from everywhere. Learn to choose and purchase only the things that you love and make you happy. It can be more or even less than 100 things. It doesn’t matter.
According to Janet Street-Porter’s book “Life’s Too F***king Short”, if you want to be happy and fulfilled, then you got to put yourself first – all the time.
Don’t be too obsessed with less is more. Splurge on whatever you can afford and truly love. For instance only keep those items which you use. If you haven’t used or worn it in a year, then chuck it out. They could be your clothing, or gadgets which are taking up space .
For you ladies, check out this wonderful book “Living the Savvy Life: The Savvy Woman’s Guide to Smart Spending and Rich Living written by Melissa Tosetti and Kevin Gibbons. It teaches you how to create habits and routines that allow you to build and manage your finances effortlessly. You get to learn how to spend on what is truly important to you so you can manage your personal finances, thus get to enjoy life regardless of your income. The simple thing is spend less than you earn.
You can enjoy a fulfilled life by saying no to what’s not important to you. All you need to do is know how to be well organized. Forget about all those tips suggested in some minimalist blogs; telling you to reduce to 100 things. The key thing is being savvy and you get to enjoy life to the fullest, without much fuss. So it is not just minimalist living, but savvy living as well.