While doing some research on the various ways D and I can both declutter our lives, and start making some changes that will allow us to reach our financial goals, I’ve come to realise that this change is very similar to that of a health or lifestyle change.
Every month I host online health and fitness challenges that focus on fitness and nutrition. During prep week I discuss the importance of identifying your #whypower which essentially translates into:
Why do you want to create a healthier lifestyle?
What will you gain from being more physically fit?
More nutritionally satisfied?
More educated on your body and how it should feel when it works at it’s optimum level?
By identifying your why, making a change becomes more manageable because you know what the long term goal is. So challengers write this down, and post it somewhere they will see it everyday or can call upon it when they’re feeling less motivated.
The same idea is throughout the many blogs and sites I’ve explored on minimalism and living frugally.
We must know WHY we are doing something, making a change, if we want it to be sustainable. By writing it down, it becomes something we can refer back to when things get tough or less desireable.
What’s my why?
I am de-cluttering my life to no longer be weighed down by materialistic possessions. I seek adventure, discovery, and freedom and know that my life in a van will not be able to happen if I’m weighed down by all of this stuff.
I want to truly uncover what means the most to me, and what truly gives me joy – not what I bought because I was under the impression that it would bring me joy.
By de-cluttering I’m giving myself permission to be more selective and take my time with purchases. Permission to be choosy with what I buy to make sure it truly fits my purpose is a great feeling of ownership and pride.
De-cluttering will also mean less frivolous spending on products that dissolve quickly into the mass of STUFF. Hence stopping the rise in clutter, but also in slowing my bank from draining.
I want to focus on long term happiness versus the fleeting moment of excitement at the till.