5 Principles to Simplify Your Stuff

We follow these five principles to reduce our possessions:

Eliminate Non-Essentials

This includes anything that isn’t important to our spiritual, mental, emotional or physical well-being.

I’m not saying we should get rid of everything doesn’t contribute to our physical well-being. The inclusion of emotional well-being is important.

For example, that special picture that my son drew for me when he was 3? I’m keeping that. But I’m not keeping everything he’s ever drawn, either.

Only Add Essentials

Don’t accumulate stuff that is non-essential.

Focus on Valuable Things

Spend your time and money on the things that add the most value to your life. Experiences and relationships are both worth more than things.

Learn the True Value of Possessions

Value is determined by:

  1. How often you draw on a resource
  2. The degree to which a resource contributes to your well-being.

Value has nothing to do with how much things cost.


  1. Make things serve more purposes
  2. Make things serve more people

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