Less = More : Reflections on Simplicity and the Minimalist Lifestyle
Less or more? ...That is the question.
Which is better: less or more?
Is it true that less IS more?
If you believe modern consumer-driven civilization, we all need more of everything. Most of all, we need more money so we can buy more and more and more!
At some point we need to step on the brakes, stop, and think about what we've done to ourselves. Is less really more? What does that mean?
A single rose...
Do less and get more done!
A long time ago, around 1992, I owned a computer bulletin board system (BBS) connected to the FidoNet network. I'll bet a lot of you remember good old FidoNet! It fetched messages very well in the pre-internet days.
At that time I met a woman, a fellow “sysop” (owner of a BBS) named Jeanne. She wanted me to join her very small and simple network, and suggested I not try to keep up with all the other “echoes” (message threads) because “less is more” - you can get more done by doing less.
I didn't learn the lesson. Instead I tried to participate in her network and in several others. Consequently I was never happy with the amount of time I had to spend in any network. I had too much to do and was unable or unwilling to do the reasonable thing, and cut back on my commitments.
This problem has plagued me over the years. I constantly try to do more than is humanly possible. A person with this problem cannot focus on any one thing long enough to get it done properly. The attention constantly drifts from one thing to another. There's too much to think about!
This is a situation in which less = more .
Fewer things to do = greater ability to focus = more significant things get done!
What is money really worth? ...Your sanity?
What MORE gives us
When we've fallen for the buying frenzy,
when we've got more than we need,
we stagnate in our possessions.
They surround us,
get in our way,
and overwhelm us.
Even if all these bad effects
there's still an effect.
Less Money = More Peace of Mind
It is true. Money can't buy you love. Worse yet, the love of money and the constant pursuit of it can rob you of peace of mind. If you're constantly trying to get rich.. especially if you're good at it, you're likely to lose any chance you had of really enjoying that money.
Those who have opted for the voluntary simplicity movement found that by living a simple life in a simple dwelling with simple possessions and expectations of life, there's a lot of happiness to be found.
Are you like a wildflower?
More vibes, more confusion
Everything is made of energy. Everything we buy has a vibration because it is made of energy. When we bring all those possessions into one closed space we're affected in many ways, and sometimes affected in too many ways!
By clearing out clutter we can reduce the incessant discordance of vibrations from possessions we don't need.
Okay, enough said about vibes!
Clear your clutter! Less = More!
I started clearing my clutter in 1993 when I moved to a flat in Oakland, California. At that time I had two preschool aged children. I put all my clutter in one room and closed the door. The rest of the flat was relatively uncluttered except for children's toys. At night when the kids went to sleep I'd clean their mess, then go into the back room and look at my boxes of unnecessary possessions. I knew they were unnecessary because I wasn't using them and didn't need or miss them.
I got a copy of Taming the Paper Tiger by Barbara Hemphill, and started reading. That book explained everything I needed to know to start organizing my mess. That was a wonderful beginning, though there were setbacks over the years. At this point I've got most of my clutter under control. I've given away many boxes of possessions and rarely miss any of it!
The other book featured at the left, Clear Your Clutter With Feng Shui , also did me a world of good.
All's well that ends well...
The Joy of Minimalism
There's a lot of joy in the clarity of mind we feel when we can look around our homes and see clear open spaces, an uncluttered environment, and clean, simple minimalism.
I encourage everyone, if you're at all interested in this kind of peace of mind, to set a goal and work toward it. It will take some longer than others to achieve simplicity, but do whatever it takes, be patient with yourself, love yourself, accept setbacks if you experience them, and keep moving toward the light.