benefit #17 – more time on your hands

it’s true what they say… the more stuff you own, the more your stuff owns you.  that’s why those who live a minimalist lifestyle have more time on their hands for other things in life. it was this benefit that utlimately led to our decision to become minimalist.

the journey began memorial day weekend cleaning out my garage. while cleaning, i became frustrated with the fact that i spent an entire morning cleaning/sorting our belongings rather than playing with my 5-year old son. at that moment, we decided to downsize our lives and live a more minimalist lifestyle.

since then, we have found that living with fewer possessions means that all our belongings have a standard place where they belong which makes cleaning a snap. additionally, i spend less time searching for keys, shoes, and bills that need to be paid. we know where all of our belongings are and where to return them when we are done with them.

which leaves me with more time for my children… and if that’s not reason enough, then nothing is.

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  1. Christy says

    I have definetly found this.

    I started a part time job about half way through my purging/de-cluttering and even with that new commitment and taking up meal planning, I still have more time with my kids. It takes me WAY less time to clean and to put things away now, and the difference in my day is stark.

  2. says

    This is just so true. It’s hard to understand exactly how profoundly paring down will affect your life until you do it…and then you can’t imagine how you managed to live your life any other way! And one of the major differences is in the time that you free up for other, more choice activities.

    Jennifer Skinner

  3. says

    I couldn’t agree more with this post. sometimes we found ourselves in state so busy that we don’t even know why. Having fewer possessions and a more organized work life can cut out chucks of unnecessary stuffs in our lives.

    It’s always the small neglected details that piles up to become a huge load of stress!

    Great post you’ve got out there!

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