But Will It Make You Happy?

by Neil on August 10, 2010

Here’s an article from the New York Times about the benefits of leading a less materialistic life. Not very controversial, I’m sure we’ve all heard this before. Personally, one of the reasons I choose to own as little as possible is purely because I’ve moved so many times in my life. I hate packing!

It’s interesting that the article hints at the idea that owning lots of stuff in some way occupies mental space or mental energy. I’ve certainly found this to be true and am much happier when I have less stuff lying around.

Have you tried the minimalist life-style? Sold or thrown out lots of stuff? How did it feel? Let us know in the comments.

A two-bedroom apartment. Two cars. Enough wedding china to serve two dozen people.

Yet Tammy Strobel wasn’t happy. Working as a project manager with an investment management firm in Davis, Calif., and making about $40,000 a year, she was, as she put it, caught in the “work-spend treadmill.”

So one day she stepped off.

Inspired by books and blog entries about living simply, Ms. Strobel and her husband, Logan Smith, both 31, began donating some of their belongings to charity. As the months passed, out went stacks of sweaters, shoes, books, pots and pans, even the television after a trial separation during which it was relegated to a closet. Eventually, they got rid of their cars, too. Emboldened by a Web site that challenges consumers to live with just 100 personal items, Ms. Strobel winnowed down her wardrobe and toiletries to precisely that number.

Read the rest here: New York Times: But Will It Make You Happy?

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