My journey of reduction has taught me that the saying “less is more” is really true. I never believed it or even really understood it before. If something is good, then isn’t more better? Well, no.
When it comes to stuff, I know, I am kind of like a broken record about this, but the elimination of a lot of the clutter around me has made such a huge difference. A houseful of carefully chosen items placed with love is more lovely than a house full of too many of anything. Not only is less more tasteful, but it means less stuff to move t around to clean, less stuff to pay for. And by having less, I feel like I have more. I have more room to breathe, more money, more space in my life for stuff that matters but that you can’t hold.
I truly believe that despite the messages we’ve all had drilled into our brains forever that money can buy happiness, it really doesn’t. I know money can buy things that make us comfortable, money can provide food, shelter and security. And all of those things can make us happier. But in the sense that if a person is unhappy and thinks a higher paycheck is going to fix it, perhaps there are other things they can look at first. What about more money would make you happy? That you can buy more stuff? Or that you can feel secure and make a brighter future for yourself? There is a difference. Most of all, this is how I think less is more when it comes to money: Less spending today means more in my pocket for tomorrow.