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How to get back to basics - Learning that Less really is More - Simple steps to less stress.

Updated on April 2, 2012

Less Is More:

Getting Back to Basics:

Getting back to basics :

This desire to make life simpler can be prompted by several reasons. Many people experience the financial and economic downturn to be the point where it becomes necessary to re-evaluate priorities.

For others, including myself, I was in need of a change in lifestyle where material goods were becoming a hassle and more of a hindrance than a help. It can be prompted by a physical need to de-clutter, have a car boot sale or downsize to a smaller home.

Another and more radical reason that extends beyond the personal one, is the feeling that everything is heading out of control. We are constantly being pressured to accumulate more stuff. Buy, buy, buy is the mantra that promises instant happiness and rewards . . . On special offer for only 3 more days! Buy two get another one free! And so it continues with ever more fervor.

Time to stand back and get off the merry-go-round long enough to stop and think. What do we really need to make our lives more fulfilled and rewarding? Less stress and more time to do the things that will add to our sense of satisfaction and well being. Most of us are so busy running faster to stay in the same place that we lose sight of the simple pleasures we once enjoyed.

Less Is More:

How to really believe that less is more? There are two ways to discover the truth of this statement. One is to experience dire outside consequences that force the change upon us. Or the conscious decision to make changes to our purchasing habits. Remember that what we need is much less than what we think we want. One should make it a positive challenge rather than adopt feelings of sacrifice or self denial. Attitude is half the battle. It was said that a rich man is the man who needs little. So make the changes and feel the burden of ownership slipping off your shoulders. Less material stuff to worry over, less stress and more freedom. It’s a win win situation. Once you have started it becomes easier. The ultimate in downsizing are the amazing Tumbleweed Homes ( link supplied ). I have no commercial connections with this company, but it perfectly illustrates how beautiful less can be. Okay, so it will be a bit too extreme for some, but it certainly points the way to a more sustainable and manageable scale of living.

Tiny House - More Space to Live

More decisions - more choices

More decisions – more choices:

Now here is where I find the most difficulty. Let me tell you why. As you will probably have guessed already, that this is the very first Hub I have ever posted in my entire life! Yes, and I am as yet undecided about where to fit it into the overwhelming list of categories & topics. Does it really matter because I doubt anyone will read it or even comment on it . . . but it does in as much as I don’t know the best way to develop on this theme.

Either it turns into a “How to…” manage personal finances, organize a garage sale, budget wiser kind of article. Or it can continue along the lines of reducing waste of the earth’s non renewable resources which is also important. Or talking about my fight with cancer which led me to prioritize what was most important in my life. How I found a two weeks of silence on a Vipassana meditation course showed me the way to a simple more satisfying life.

To any unsuspecting Hubber who by accident stumbled upon this first attempt, I beg you accept my humble apologies. Any comments, advice or guidance will be humbly accepted. Namaste.

Comments & Guidance humbly accepted.

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      Helena Ricketts 5 years ago from Indiana

      I found you by looking at the most recent posted hubs. :) I run into the same category question quite often too and have come to the conclusion that it's not really the category, it's the search engine traffic that matters. So I usually just try to pick the one that matches the best. I could be wrong on that but right now it works for me.

      I was forced into downsizing 6 years ago and it was actually a blessing in disguise. I know it's kinda cheesey to quote movie lines, but there's one from Fight Club that has always stuck with me on this topic. "The things you own end up owning you." So true.

      We don't use credit cards. The only things we have a payments on is our house and 1 vehicle which we double the payments on to save on interest and get the title from the bank quickly. Our other vehicle was bought with cash as well as our Harley Davidson Motorcycle. Our financial motto is that if we don't have the cash to buy it, we don't need it. It's a great feeling to not have to worry about finances anymore. There really is a major difference between a need and a want.

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      christollesseb 5 years ago from UK ME ASIA

      Hey Helena,

      You are my first commentator . . . congrats! Thanks for reading my stuff and making a great comment. There is lots to learn here and I need and want to find out more about the search engine traffic you mentioned. Glad you also have realized needs are OK, but its the wants that we need to control.

      Ciao for now.

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      christollesseb 5 years ago from UK ME ASIA

      Hey Helena,

      You are my first commentator . . . congrats! Thanks for reading my stuff and making a great comment. There is lots to learn here and I need and want to find out more about the search engine traffic you mentioned. Glad you also have realized needs are OK, but its the wants that we need to control.

      Ciao for now.

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      Diane Ziomek 5 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      First of all, I would like to say "Welcome to HubPages!" I am very impressed by your first Hub and the topic rings true. We have become a material society and put ourselves further into debt buying the things we really don't need.

      I am a believer in the basics, and that is what we have. No fancy cars, no boat, no RV and no huge home with a $1000+ mortgage. I still feel overwhelmed some days because of all the clutter; I was brought up to not throw stuff away because it might come in handy some day. That does not mean my home is filled to the rafters with stuff, but it is definitely in need of de-cluttering. It is said if it hasn't been used in six months it probably won't be (aside from seasonal items of course). And, in our less than 1000 square foot home it doesn't take long for clutter to accumulate.

      I love the little cabin in the video - especially the view and the bookshelves filled to the top with books. I would love a place like that to escape to once in awhile; it would make a great writing cabin.

      Once again, welcome! As you write more Hubs you will have an easier time of figuring out where they go. Just use the "browse" feature and you will do fine. :)

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      christollesseb 5 years ago from UK ME ASIA

      Dear brsmom68,

      So nice of you to comment on my first Hub. it seems to be a theme with many people these days and a wake up call that we can't go on consuming the Earth's resources & generating such large amounts of waste.

      Without getting political, we in the West are losing out freedom & democracy . . . it is time the people speak out.

      Thank you so much for your advice and it is wonderful to be here on Hub Pages with such a supportive community.

      Look forward to all the guidance and wisdom here.

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      Jill Spencer 5 years ago from United States

      It is an odd thing how one can hunger after things and then feel burdened by them & by the way life can so easily turn into caring for the objects one's amassed. Losing just about everything is the best way I've learned how little material possessions mean. It's like becoming dangerously ill and realizing that all the things you simply had to do don't really matter that much. Life will go on just fine without you--and so can all of the possessions you thought you had to have.

      Enjoyed your hub! It was quite thought provoking. --Jill

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      christollesseb 5 years ago from UK ME ASIA

      Thanks for dropping by and your comments. Look forward to reading your Hubs and gaining wisdom from the voice of experience . . . love green fingers!

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      RedElf 4 years ago from Canada

      Welcome to HubPages! Interesting layout... I look forward to reading more of your work.

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      christollesseb 4 years ago from UK ME ASIA

      Thanks - much appreciated

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