AT on... Living Happily with Less Stuff

AT on... Living Happily with Less Stuff

Amber Byfield
Dec 3, 2009

As the holiday season approaches and we're asked for wish lists, it gets us to thinking about living more—with less. Last night when I was trying to convince the BF that I wanted two more containers for the kitchen, he pointed out two things: first, we don't need to buy anything, and second... Do we need it? Why not just reorganize the space?

With a little refiguring of the space, I conceded (woefully, I might add) that we didn't need one of the containers I had in mind. The other (a recipe box), I'm still going to lobby for.

And this tiny little discussion got me to thinking about all the times I've thought we needed something, only to find that some effort in reorganization helps the situation and prevents us from needing another thing.

We've gone a number of months now without a TV, and that is one of my favorite examples of living with less. But that's the extreme; I'm realizing that now, when I truly think about a purchase (used or new), I come to much more sensible conclusions.

A few years ago, I would have bought to my heart's content, within the limits of my tight pursestrings. But now that every purchase involves the question, "Do I need it? Is it good for me? Is it good for the planet?", I come home with a lot less stuff.

And I have to say, I'm happier than I've ever been.

Have you started living with less and enjoying it?

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