Experiment #1: Less is More

June 23, 2010 | By | 4 Replies More
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I decided to start doing experiments.
Each month I’ll do an experiment and share here the results.
Each experiment will have some source of inspiration and some lesson learned from it.

Why?
Because:
- it’s great to experience something new every month
- sharing publicly the results is a way to keep me motivated
- I want to inspire people to be curious and start experimenting as well… and share back

The first experiment actually happened already last September.


When I bought my house, I went trough the classic “pack/move/unpack/find a place” for all my material properties.
I realized that, in 4 years in Netherlands, I accumulate already an amount of things totally useless or that I never use…. so here we go: the first experiment is about minimalism.

Inspired by Leo Babauta (http://zenhabits.net/ and author of “The Power of Less”) I decided to free my house and myself from things that are only taking space in my house and in my mind without doing me any good.

So, after I moved in the new apartment I decided that for 30 days I would throw away something every day.
Some days could be just a piece of paper, some days an old obsolete electronic *something*, some days a t-shirt I never used because too ugly.
But everyday I had to find something to get rid of.

Well, I loved the results so much that sometime I really feel like throwing away something and I look around the house checking what’s next to go in the bin :)

I realized that the less things I have, the more free I feel
I realized that the less things I have, the easier is to maintain order (someone may disagree that my house is in order…)
I realized that the less things I have, the more I enjoy and I value the things that I DO have
I realized that the less things I have, the more I think about buy/bring new things in my house and into my life

Don’t take me wrong… this doesn’t mean I’m living like a monk, without buying things or depriving myself of the pleasure of owning something just because I like it or it means something to me.
I haven’t throw away anything with a sentimental value and I kept on buying what I thing I need, or I like, or I fancy…. but still, this experiment make me think twice now before taking anything into my life and into my house.

So the lesson I learn is cristal clear to me: Less is More :)

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