It’s taken a while, but I’m learning. There are real benefits to keeping things simple. You’d think I’d have learned this from that good old acronym K.I.S.S., but I guess sometimes I need a good amount of time to learn some lessons.
Looking at my life, where I’ve been and where I want to go, I’ve realized there are a few things I wish I had figured out earlier. Simplicity is one of them. I think there are many benefits to simplicity that are totally underrated.
Now, please don’t get me wrong. I do not have this all figured out. In fact, I’d say I have a good long way to go. But I’m trying to bring more simplicity to my life; here’s a few reasons why.
I cringe when I think of how much time I’ve spent managing “stuff”. There’s less picking up, less sorting, less cleaning and repairing. How would you choose to spend some extra free time? Reading? Hiking? Painting?
With less stuff, you need less space. With less space comes less maintenance of the space and the stuff within it. I’m not a fan of cleaning, but sometimes it has to be done. Even keeping a space somewhat respectable is easier if there is less stuff in the way.
Less stuff means less money spent on acquiring, maintaining and storing the stuff. That money could be put to use funding travel (yay!), charity or an early retirement. Could you use a little more cash? Perhaps the pursuit of less could help make that a reality.
Imagine the extra energy you’d have if you weren’t invested in the pursuit and maintenance of stuff. Stuff that isn’t used or valued sucks our energy, both mental and physical. The stuff doesn’t even need to be tangible. The digital domain is a collector of stuff that is a big drain on time, space, money, and energy as well.
“Every choice you make has an end result.” – Zig Ziglar
Freedom of Choice
With simplicity comes choice. Sometimes, the pursuit of more locks us into a cycle of needing more money in order to support our stuff. If the way we get that money (our work) becomes something that we NEED rather than something we LOVE, we can feel trapped. Wanting less and living below our means gives us the freedom to choose another path if it becomes desirable or necessary to do so.
As I said, I don’t have this all figured out but I have made progress and I do have plans to keep simplifying.
What about you? Is simplicity appealing to you? If so, what is it about the idea of simplifying that is most desirable?