20 Compelling Reasons Why Having Less Stuff Leads to More Happiness

You have too much stuff. Sometimes, you might buy things you don’t really need but want. But then you end up not using them because you don’t have the time, lose interest or just plain forget about them because out of sight is out of mind.

How much stuff do you need to be happy? The answer to that is not a lot. Of course, you need the basics—food, utensils, furniture, and clothing. However, it starts to become clutter when you fill up spaces with stuff just because you have room for it[p or because you make impulse buys.

The truth is that you do not need a lot to be really happy because happiness comes from memories, experiences, health, and peace of mind. So let’s talk about how to have less stuff and live happily!

1. Having Less Stuff Means Less Laundry to Wash

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My favorite reason on this list comes in first. When you have less stuff, there is less to clean. Fewer clothes mean less laundry and more room in your drawers. I love to go through our clothes, especially my 9-year-olds, and get rid of too-small or worn clothes. Since I started doing this, it has helped reduce how much I have to wash. I also cut back on buying new clothes. She loves clothes but she doesn’t need THAT much. 

2. When You Have Less Stuff, You Have More Room

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When you have a small home and have too much stuff it starts to feel cramped. That’s when you know it’s time to go through and do some purging. You will like the feeling of more space and less clutter.

3. You Will Know Where Your Stuff Is

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How much time is wasted looking for things you can’t find? If you’re like my family the answer is way too much. Having less stuff means you will have space for everything, and you will know where things are. Imagine easily finding your child’s soccer shoes for the big game. Life will be much less stressful for everyone when you have less stuff.

4. Having Less Stuff Means Spending Less Money

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Here is another one of my favorite reasons on the list. When you start committing to having less, it becomes easier not to buy things you know you don’t need, which is a definite way to save money. Every little bit adds up over time.

5. It Will Just Make You Feel Better

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I used to love buying things, so I understand how good it feels to shop. Then buyer’s remorse would hit me, and I would feel like I wasted money, which I didn’t like. Having less just feels better. When you buy something you really need or want, you won’t regret buying it or feel like you are adding more clutter to your home.

6. Less Stuff = Feeling More Peaceful

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Being surrounded by clutter is stressful. Even when you want to relax you just can’t. As you start to eliminate the stuff you don’t need, you will start to feel more peaceful and not let it bother you so much.

7. The Things You Have Mean More

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Having lots of stuff isn’t hard. Retailers target us everywhere. It’s no wonder we have things we don’t need. It’s so much better to look around your home and see things you love or at least like. Not things you have because they were impulse buys.

8. It Will Set a Good Example

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Kids are the easiest marketing targets. They always want the newest toy, gadget or video game in town. However, they always learn and reflect on what they see from the grownups around them. If we teach them and model owning only the most important things and keeping them organized, they will grow up to be organized individuals with appreciation and love for the things they have.

9. You Can Tidy Up Quicker

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Having less stuff means you will be able to clean up your home more quickly and easily. No more all-day cleaning marathons. Less clutter everywhere means less to pick up and a spot for everything. So Yay! Your cleaning time will be slashed and you will be able to do it much faster.

10. Your Days Start to Run Smoother

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Things will just start to flow better. Your days will feel more productive than ever before. You will be able to get through more of your to-do list because you will have more time. Why?

  • You will know where your car keys are and your phone.
  • You won’t have to spend 30 minutes searching your closet for what to wear because everything you have there will be things you want to wear.
  • You won’t have to search for that matching shoe and will be able to get the kids to school on time.

11. Having Less Stuff Can Make You Healthier

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Having less stuff makes cleaning easier and you’ll do it more which means your home will have less dirt and dust that can make you sick. Having Less stuff also means less stress which will make you more relaxed. Less stress means better health.

12. You Won’t Buy as Many Duplicates

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Because you will know what you have, you won’t buy duplicate items. Who needs two pizza cutters, too many sets of towels, extra hangers, or too much food that won’t get eaten? Or let’s talk about those 12 nail clippers because you kept misplacing them? Sometimes we mean to get these extras, but sometimes we’ve lost what we have or we have so much that we forget what we have. We need less stuff so we know what we have and where it is.

13. You Can Have People Stop By Unannounced

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You won’t have to worry about your home. Once you start having less stuff, your home will automatically look neater, and it will take moments to tidy up quickly if someone drops by. There won’t be that moment of panic! That “oh no, my house is a wreck, and there is nothing I can do about it now” sinking feeling that comes when you have too much stuff everywhere.

14. You Can Still Have the Memories

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You don’t have to hold on to the stuff. I understand the impulse of wanting to keep things for sentimental and emotional reasons. You have things that remind you of people who are no longer with us, who you don’t see enough, and of memories that you love. I would never say don’t have any sentimental things because I will always keep a few treasured things. It’s just a matter of being more selective with what and how much you keep.

15. The Stuff You Have Will Be Better Quality

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When you have less stuff, what you buy to bring into your home can be of better quality. Instead of buying shirts that have to be replaced in six months, buy one that is a bit more expensive and better quality. It will last longer and you won’t feel like you wasted money. This applies to anything in your home. Better quality items will last longer and have you spending less money in the long run.

16. Fewer Fights With Family or Roommates

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I’ve never lived with roommates, but I know people who do. I know that, just like when you live with your spouse and children, issues of cleaning and clutter can cause major disagreements and fighting. You will have less clutter when you commit to having less stuff and downsize your belongings to a more manageable amount. Less clutter will mean less arguing and fighting with the people you live with.

17. It Will Get Easier to Have Less

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Not immediately, but over time, you will start to break the bad habits you’ve created in your life of overbuying and having too much stuff. Eventually, thinking twice before purchasing something new and making shopping lists that you stick to will become a habit. It will become easier as you start to see the positive changes in your life, such as buying less and getting rid of things you don’t need.

18. You Will Have More Money to Save

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Do you find yourself struggling to have enough in savings? Most families do not have enough saved up for when an emergency happens. Buying fewer of the things you don’t need allows you to save that money you would have spent. Imagine what that could look like after a year!

19. Having Less Stuff Can Help Ease Anxiety

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Having less clutter and less stuff will help you to relax and feel less anxious. Not constantly being surrounded by things that need to be done and the peaceful feeling you will have with having a tidy home will ease your anxiety on a daily basis.

20. You Will Sleep Better

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Have you ever noticed you sleep better in a hotel? Unless the bed is bad, which is a totally different issue. In a hotel there is no clutter, piles of stuff out, things that you should be taking care of. You just lay down and get to relax. Make an effort to keep your nightstand clear of clutter. Make your bed so it isn’t a jumbled mess of sheets and blankets when it’s time to go to sleep. Put dirty laundry in the hamper, not on the floor. Doing these things to create a clutter-free zone will help you relax and be able to fall asleep easier.

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Anika Gandhi

Anika Gandhi is on a mission to declutter and organize all the things around her and is here to inspire and encourage you to do the same!

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