How to simplify without feeling like you’re making do with less

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So many of us have experienced some form of scarcity at some point in our lives. I find that this feeling of scarcity sometimes rears its head when I try and pare down and move toward a more minimalist, freeing lifestyle. It’s that voice that says “maybe I should save this just in case..”.

While paring down brings freedom, I think it is important to acknowledge and honor that space within that doesn’t want to let go of certain things even if it doesn’t always make sense.

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To evolve from a scarcity mindset and simplify without feeling reluctant, I think a mindset shift is important.

Instead of gaining a sense of security from having things, we need to have an innate sense of security that comes from knowing that we are fully capable of getting those things as and when we need them.

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One way of moving through this hump is to look at the world through a lens of gratitude for what we do have. When I think of all that I do have, it is easy to realize that I can truly let go of some things and make room for an abundance of space and experiences.

If we keep moving through the world with a focus on what we don’t have it is also harder to take advantage of opportunities in our paths because we don’t see them.

A full life and developing trust in ourselves and the world at large can be a strong antidote to the scarcity mindset.

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In fact, as we let go and give things to others who may need them more, it gives us a stronger sense of being a collective part of a compassionate, giving culture where people help each other and come through for each other in times of lack.

This is not to say that we shouldn’t aspire to purchase something we’ve always wanted or keep some things just in case. Rather, it is a gentle reminder to ask ourselves whether we really need that object, or in Marie Kondo style, will that object truly bring joy?

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Do you often feel that it’s hard to let go of things when you’re trying to de-clutter or pare down?

2 thoughts on “How to simplify without feeling like you’re making do with less

  1. I love the idea of letting go of things by knowing that we can always find them again if we need them.

    Iā€™d love to be a minimalist and I think I could maybe achieve it if I lived on my own, but I love my kids and husband too much to let them go! šŸ˜‚

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