Before we begin with today’s post, I wanted to introduce myself as this is my first appearance on Tiny House Talk. I’m Laura! I’ve been an evolving minimalist and tiny house enthusiast for the past few years. My husband and I are making the jump into tiny house living this year. When Tiny House Talk was looking for some people to supplement content, I jumped at the opportunity. Alex decided he would give me a shot and trust me with some writing. What better way to introduce myself to the Tiny House Talk community than to list the reasons I love living simply?
Living simply goes hand-in-hand with tiny houses and living in small spaces. A small space can only hold so much room for objects, hobbies, and passions. Living in a small space forces people to re-evaluate their values and lead richer lives. That said, here are five main reasons behind my desire to live simply:
1. Eliminate debt and create financial peace. I actually have never been in debt, but have heard many stories about how focusing on simplicity has helped people pay off and eliminate their debt. What I have noticed is a better ability to manage my finances. After I cut back on certain bills, financial obligations, and consumer products that I didn’t need (gym memberships, television/internet services, clothes, etc.), I found more cash in my wallet to spend on the things that really did matter: savings, healthy foods, and unique experiences. As everyone knows, feeling secure about your money brings about a sense of peace.
2. Being a conscious consumer. Living simply doesn’t mean you can’t buy stuff at all and turn down every opportunity that comes your way. It just means you become much more aware of your needs versus your wants. As I progressed on this journey, I learned that most of the things I considered needs were actually wants. There is only so little one really needs. In addition, when it comes to making purchases and choices, I question whether or not the item/experience will add value to my life, whether it is disposable or well-made, whether it could come with us in tiny house or will be something we have to toss, and so on. I’ve been able to eliminate many potential purchases in my life when I ask these questions, as well as things I already had (perk: donations are tax-deductible.). My husband and I have also learned to live within our means and become [more than] content with what we have.
3. Stuff no longer demands my attention. When you have more stuff, you need more room for it. Instead of getting rid of stuff, most people tend to just find larger homes to store their stuff in and drink tons of coffee to keep them running through a busy schedule. That, or they shove everything in boxes out of sight into storage units and pop stress pills in private. Then they have to take care of the stuff, pay for the space to store it, and carry this invisible burden. Life isn’t about stuff! Yet, so many of us are trapped in this cycle of stuff equaling happiness. It seems kind of scary to jump off the treadmill, but it is so worth it. I felt like I finally woke up to the world.
4. Bring more into my life. No, not more stuff. Just more. More things that really matter. With less stuff, an open schedule, and a clearer mind, I have been able to really focus on my values in life. Yoga? Please. Afternoon hikes? Sure! A simple cup of tea? My pleasure! Time to hang out with my best friend? No problem! That dream trip to Europe? A lot more possible now than before! My goals, dreams, and values are clear. My relationships are stronger. I can breathe easier. I have more time to create and connect.
5. Freedom. This kind of ties along with reason number four, but living simply creates freedom. Burdens are lifted. Space is more breathable. Connections are easier. Character is strengthened. Inspiration flows. There is so little holding me back now.
And a bonus reason:
6. It’s fun to be weird, in that quirky-but-cool way. Let’s face it — your friends and family probably think you’re crazy for wanting to kick nearly all your earthly belongings to the curb and live in a tiny space. I know mine raised many eyebrows at my words and actions. My parents still cannot fully understand me. Five years ago, I probably would have considered myself a nut job, too. But now, I secretly relish this reputation that I have. I feel free. I want you to feel the same way.
What are your reasons for wanting to live a simple life?
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