It’s easy to get caught up in a quest for more. More money equals more fun things, more enjoyable experiences and more luxuries. The quest for more can feel like a hamster wheel. We work harder, earn more, spend more and still want more. Ironically, even with more, we still aren’t saving. What gives?
The funny part is there’s actually a lot more joy to be gained from less. Not only does less mean more joy, but also means more saving, more time and generally less stress. Sound too easy? Here’s how it works:
Doing something less often makes it more of a treat. We deserve to reward ourselves but treating ourselves everyday actually makes it feel like less of a treat. When I used to get my daily latte it felt so status quo. I would get annoyed if it wasn’t warm enough or not strong enough. Now that I have one once a week or even once a month, it feels like much more of a treat. I savor the experience so much more.
What in your life feels status quo or ordinary? Could you do it less often and make it a treat?
Less stuff is more. 80% of what we own we never use! Even worse, when I need that thing I kept for a very specific occasion, I often can’t even find it. It drives me crazy! The average American wastes 55 minutes a day (roughly 12 days a year) looking for things they own but can’t find! What?!
We own too much stuff, and this stuff is costing us. We pay for storage, rent bigger apartments, and buy bigger homes to store all of our things. Not only did we spend money to buy the things we never use, we also have to spend money and time to repair them when they get damaged or wear out.
We also spend our precious free time organizing and putting away all the stuff we don’t use or need. When you think about it, it’s crazy!
Simplify your life Marie Kondo style. Go through item by item and let go of everything that doesn’t spark joy. It’s the best feeling ever!
Digital detox. In addition to our things, we can also detox our digital life. Yes, it feels great to delete apps and files that you no longer use but I’m also talking time spent on our phones. A recent study estimates that the average American spends 4.7 hours per day on their phones – approximately one-third of our waking hours! Another study of more than 300 college students found heavier technology use was tied to greater risk for anxiety and depression. Justin and I now do two hours of phone-free time right when we get home from work. It’s two hours where we can be really present and enjoy time as a family. We play with Eli, have dinner together and just talk. It’s magical!
What are some ways simplicity gives you more joy? We’d love to hear and try out your ideas!