Purge, don’t organise

Time freedom is like a mythical creature we chase believing it will somehow make our lives better if we can find and catch it.

I was reading through this list of life hacks and noticed that a lot of the hacks are about saving time.

Americans spend 9.1 years of their lives watching TV, 1.1 years cleaning and 11 hours a day in front of digital media. In particular, women spend 8 years of their lives shopping, 1.5 years doing their hair and nearly 1 year deciding what to wear!Living a more minimalist lifestyle means we can reclaim some of this wasted time and spend it doing something we love – rather than standing in front of a jam-packed wardrobe despairing over which shoes work with which skirt!

A lot of these are functions of modern living. If you weren’t doing these, what would you be doing instead?  If you had an extra 2 hours a day, what would you do with it?

I think we have to question our basic priorities in order to rearrange how we spend our time.

That said, here are 19 minimalist hacks to maximise your life.  I particularly like:

Purge, don’t organise.
Organising now means reorganising later, again and again, and again. If you haven’t touched it in six months, toss it or re-home it, but don’t store it.

Use it or lose it.
Give your wardrobe a minimal overhaul and discover less stress getting dressed and lots of time saved on laundry.

Embrace new media.
Cancel your magazine subscription and stop buying the newspaper. Not only will Mother Nature be glad, but you will too. You don’t have to miss out, though, as everything you need can be consumed in digital format. While you’re at it, ‘opt out’ of junk mail and sign up for e-banking.

You can find the full list here.

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