Being happy with less

Americans spend roughly $22 BILLION on storage (Source: National Storage Association, 2009).  We spend this on storing things that don't fit into our already over-sized homes.  Are we any happier because of these things?

I am not against owning things.  My bicycle brings a lot of enjoyment to my life.  Yes I enjoy most of my "things", but I ask myself hard questions before acquiring them.  How much of my life energy will I spend to acquire this thing?  Is it in line with my higher values?  How much will it cost to maintain this thing?  Will this thing bring overall value to my life?

You don't need to live a life of deprivation to enjoy the benefits of minimalism.  Just think before you buy.  Realize that things alone will not bring you happiness.  I've already discussed 12 good reasons I'm a minimalist here. 

See Graham Hill's ( founder of presentation at TED 2011 on the Joys of Less.


  1. Howie Cohn gave an amusing quote at a recent retreat. It went something like this: "To be one with everything we think we need to have one of everything." Not sure who the originator of the quote is.

    And then there's the acquiring of experiences, one more trip, one more concert, another retreat.

    1. Hmmm. I have never viewed acquiring experiences as being a problem. I generally view it as growth. I'll have to explore that.

      Thanks for the thought.


  2. Absolutely true and crazy. We own a self storage business and it's pretty amazing to see what a good business it is and how many people hang on to their "things" sometimes for many years.
    I just found your blog from your comment on A Cup Of Jo (see, leaving your blog addy in the comments works!).
    I don't follow any men bloggers, so I'm glad to have found you - I'm not a man, but still :) I always wonder why men don't blog more. Maybe because they talk less. I think I need more Zen in my life and I do follow the simplicity rule very well.

  3. A lot lately with my father so hopefully this will get him to see my point of view. Fingers crossed!

  4. We were referred to this storage place by a friend and was pleasantly surprised by the personalized service and the friendliness of the staff. They make it a point to get to know their customers