Living with less

I’ve reached a point in my life where I’m happy with less. Materially, I have less stuff than ever, this I put down to a radical travellers approach to possessions. I ask these questions:

How often do I use the item:

  • Every day
  • Couple times a week
  • Once a week or less

This list places things into three categories; essential, necessary and luxury. It’s the same rule I applied to packing for my long distance bicycle journeys.

Since returning form my round the world bike trip I’ve used this same principle to reintroduce myself to belongings. Living with less has become a philosophy that has helped me to enjoy more life without the clutter of stuff and things getting in the way.

Try it for yourself: strip away the things you no longer need. Apply the rules above with intention and rigour and you’ll be amazed at how little you actually ‘need’ to live a happy life. It’s a liberating process that steers us toward a more balanced way of being.