John Lennon imagined a world with no possessions and it seems people around the world are starting to take a leaf out of his extensive songbook.
You’ve probably felt it too. The thrill of buying that perfect designer handbag, chic leather sofa or super opulent set of wheels isn’t quite what it’s cracked up to be. Is your hard earned dollar better spent on a holiday adventure than the latest ‘must have’ technology that might as well require a degree in astrophysics to operate?
In his recently released book of the same name, British author and futurist James Wallman refers to this growing dissatisfaction with materialism as ‘stuffocation’.
Who should read Stuffocation?
The book Stuffocation is for anyone who has had enough of keeping up with the Joneses and wants a simpler life.
I discovered Stuffocation when googling for tips on how to adopt a minimalist lifestyle. For me, the moment I knew I needed less came as I approached my birthday. Usually, I love receiving gifts but when my partner asked me what I wanted, I couldn’t think of a single thing. In fact, I looked around the house and started to list all the things I didn’t really want or need.
When I read Stuffocation, this feeling of wanting to be happier with less made much more sense. I was amazed that there are actually people all over the world embracing a ‘more is less’ lifestyle. By choice!
Stuffocation inspired me to really follow my instincts and value experiences instead of materials. When anyone asks me what I want for Christmas or my birthday now, I tell them to buy me tickets to a concert or some unique experience I can share with loved ones. The stuff just doesn’t matter anymore – I want the experiences.
Stuffocation taught me five easy steps to begin the minimalist journey.
5 step plan to beat stuffocation
1. Stop shopping for the sake of shopping
We all know how easy it is to duck into Bunnings or Myer or just about anywhere in search of one specific item and later emerge with a small shipping container full of stuff. Instead, try pinpointing the one item you actually need and get in and out as quickly as possible.
2. Spring clean, even when it’s not spring
Take a look around your house right now and I’m sure you can spot heaps of things you don’t really need. Don’t wait till the annual spring clean. Load up the boot and take those unwanted items to the dump or local charity store. For the good stuff, consider taking a photo and whacking it up on gumtree. You might even make a few extra dollars!
3. Get your partner on the minimalist bandwagon
Partner a bit of a hoarder or way too keen on the latest fashion trends? Stop buying them stuff for Christmas or their birthday and start buying them experiences. Won’t be long till they’re dying for that next weekend away instead of those ridiculously priced designer jeans.
4. Steer clear of online retail sites
Spending money online is like spending Monopoly money; it just doesn’t feel real. Avoid the trap and stay well away from those massively reduced online specials for stuff you don’t really need. It never looks the same as the slick photos when it’s delivered anyway.
5. Disregard the Joneses
It’s hard not to want what other people have but take a closer look at the Joneses. Are they actually happy? They probably have a huge home loan on their massive McMansion and no leisure time because they’re working long hours to make the next repayment. Be a leader, not a follower. If living large with less feels right, do it. [Click to tweet]
Lennon’s possession-less utopia may still be a dream, but simplifying and focusing on experiences could well be the way of the future. Why not give it a shot?
April is simplify month at Aussie. Don’t forget to check out our other articles in this series for practical tips on finding simplicity: learn how to simplify meal planning and declutter your home like an expert!
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