Weekend Reads: Minimalism, Simple Clutter-free life and beyond

The weekend is upon us fellow early retirement dreamers and planners! I hope that everyone is enjoying their time off from their daily grind. Welcome to the second installment of our weekend reads.

The last several weeks we have been trying to declutter our house and lives. Even though we made good progress in both ends we still have a long way to go. What we would like to accomplish by easing into this lifestyle is to throw out what we don’t need in order to focus on what we really do need.

Below is this week’s selected articles about minimalism and simplified life. As usual, pour yourself a mug of your favorite coffee or tea, find your favorite spot in your house and get ready to enjoy the weekend reads:

 

Top 8 Benefits of Living a Minimalist Lifestyle by lifehack.org. Living a minimalist lifestyle is reducing. There are a few obvious benefits such as less cleaning and stress, a more organized household and more money to be found, but there are also a few deep, life-changing benefits. What we don’t usually realize is that when we reduce, we reduce a lot more than just stuff.

The Power Of Reduction by The Huffington Post. When we simplify our approach we often amplify our results. The right kind of less can actually give us more back. As counterintuitive as this may seem, anyone that has tried to simplify their lives in some way will connect.

17 Staggering Statistics About Our Shopping Habits by Joshua Becker. Our fascination with shopping and consumption has produced many harmful effects on our lives (debt, stress, and busyness). And yet, it continues. Unfortunately, to a degree that few of us even realize.

The Foundation For Financial Freedom That 10 Out Of 10 Financial Advisors Agree On by Forbes. In a country where 76% of us live paycheck-to-paycheck and the average American between the ages of 18 and 65 has $4,717 of credit card debt, the message of “spend less” is clearly having a difficult time gaining traction.

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