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Forget Minimalism: When Less is Not More

Sometimes I get tired of thinking about all the things I need to get rid of in my life. It’s a continual battle to evaluate the clutter that makes its way back into the house. I often wonder where it comes from and I admit that it isn’t always fun to keep dealing with it.

Minimalism can bring great freedom, but sometimes having less is not a positive thing at all.

For some things, the best we can have is the MORE.

More time with those you love. We all know that we never get back the time we have lost. It’s been said that no one comes to the end of their life and wishes they had spent more time working. Quality time is a myth. We need quantity time with those we love. I want to be purposeful about making more time for friends and family.

More kindness spoken. Before you say something negative about someone or to someone, think before you speak. So much unkindness is in the world today. Leave the gossip behind you! If more of us spoke kind words to each other, we might not change the world all at once, but it can change the world of one person at a time.

More saving for your future. I haven’t always done a good job of handling money. Life is not just about saving money. On the other hand, I do hope to correct my mistakes and work towards a future where my family and I don’t have to run our lives worried about our finances. When you remove stress about money, a great burden is lifted and doors can open that weren’t available to you before.

More optimism. Negativity is everywhere around us. It takes no effort at all to see the bad in life. Have you ever been around the kind of person that sees the positive in life no matter what happens? I remember having a friend like that and it was almost annoyingly strange. When I stopped to wonder why it was strange, I realized it was because it was so different. I want to be different like that.

More considering the needs of others. Giving away your clutter to others is a fine thing to do. But when is the last time you gave away your time or money to someone who needed it? Think about ways you can give to others. There is so much hurt, pain, and need in the world today especially with recent world tragedies. Anything we can give is appreciated.

More friends you can count on. Do you have friends in your life that you can really depend on or just a large collection of acquaintances? To have friends you can count on, you must be that kind of person as well. I don’t think it’s possible to have too many true friends like that.

I intend to collect as much as I can of the previous items . . . maybe even hoard them.

What will you be collecting? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section.


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Article originally published on 03/16/2011

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  1. The thing is, when we let go of the crush of the material belongings, we have more space for these important things you listed above. Very important things!
    Great post!
    Would starting a business help your work/life balance?

  2. I am with you on the benefits of minimalism. When you cease buying and acquiring for the wrong reasons (other than real pleasure or genuine need), it is amazing how freeing that feels and how much less money you really need with no real deprivation. Wish you the best!


  3. Hi Faith. This is a great list of what we could all use more of in our lives. We can get so focused on cutting (expenses, clutter, excess, etc.), that we forget about all of the things we could use more of. It’s funny how by cutting the things I just mentioned, we automatically have more space and time for all of the good stuff you mentioned in your post. 🙂

  4. Hi Faith,
    I’ve been a little under the weather and so behind in some reading and commenting, I thought I had long ago subscribed to MAH but must not have, so I just fixed that! I was thinking you were taking a much deserved break after the book launch and am sorry to discover I’ve missed a few posts. Hope all is well and the launch went swimmingly! 🙂

  5. Minimalism has given me more courage to pursue my writing. It also gives me the freedom to quit my day job should I desire and be a stay at home mom/writer.

    There are ups and downs in life but I would not be near as free or content if it were not for minimalism. It has truly changed my life.


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