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If you have ever travelled to a third world country you will have realised that there is a vast array of people living in our world, quite happily, without very much. Our Western Culture of the past 20 years has become more and more about “having stuff”. I have recently been thinking about having less of it and realising that the more stuff we have, the more decisions we have to make on a daily basis. So here follows a few things we are trying to do in our household:

1. Don’t buy it – don’t go shopping out of boredom or because you have nothing else to do. You always end up purchasing things you don’t really need. It’s amazing what you can talk yourself into on the spur of the moment.
2. If you purchase a new item, throw the old one it’s replacing out. You’re buying because you needed to replace, so replace it.
3. Have a clean up. In the back of the wardrobe, cupboards, garage etc. If you forgot you had it or don’t use it anymore, give it to the Hospice Shop – there will be one in your area and they do great work in the community.
4. De-clutter your house and make at least one relaxing space.
5. Write a list of all of the things you are grateful for in your life

Do I really need it, do I already have something like it, will I use it often, where will I store it, does it match things I already own, do I love it, will I still love it later?

Sumbitted by Denise Gundry | Design & Production Manager, PDC Mt Eden