Increase your savings faster

I have for most of my life saved up for something. It could be something that I wanted to buy, a travel to experience, or saving up for an improved financial situation.

In the past what I usually did was waiting until the end of the month before putting aside any savings. Meaning, I made sure all bills and expenses were paid.

This, however, turns out is not an ideal strategy if you want to maximize your savings. What usually happened was that I spent too much on items and activities that in the end didn’t benefit me in the long run.

Save to yourself first

It wasn’t until I did it the other way around that my savings increased much faster. Instead of waiting until the end of the month when almost all my money was gone, I automated the process and made sure it happened as soon as the paycheck hit my account.

I automated it in such a way that I put away a set of money I knew I could afford to be without. Basics such as rent, food, and some leisure are all accounted for. Other than that, it was all put into a savings account.

This had a tremendous impact, because now I had to make do with what I had. Money is no longer spent on trivial things.

The art of tidying

Previously we talked a lot about living life with fewer things. But we did not dive into how to actually accomplish this. For some people this comes naturally, for others it takes a lot of practice and guidance.

If you are not sure where to start, I highly recommend that you look into the awesome work of Marie Kondo and her KonMari method. It is an easy and effective method for keeping your house tidy.

Important to note though is that this method does not equal to minimalism (which at first glance it could easily be mistaken for). Instead, the KonMari method is encouraging living with items you truly cherish. Items that bring you joy.

โ€œThe goal of tidying is to make room for meaningful objects, people and experiences. I can think of no greater happiness in life than being surrounded only by the things I love.โ€

Marie Kondo

One of the major key aspects of the KonMari method is that before you begin you need to take a moment and deeply thing about what your ideal life should be like.

Tidying is a powerful tool, but itโ€™s not the destination.ย The true goal of tidying is to clear away clutter so you can live the life you want

Marie Kondo

When have set your vision and are ready to begin, you will divide your tidying into five categories, starting with the easiest one. The five categories are clothes, books, papers, komono (Miscellaneous items), and finally sentimental items.

The KonMari method is pretty much an all-in effort. When you start with clothes category, gather all your clothes and put them in a pile. Then focus on the clothes that bring you joy and keep those. Focus on what you want to keep. If it does not bring any joy, discard it and thank it with gratitude.

When you are done with the first category, continue with the next one.

This is of course only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the KonMari method. I encourage you to start to practice it as it truly is a great way to live a lean life filled with only things that give you meaning and joy.

You can read more about the KonMari method at her website at

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Only obtain what you need

Back in the day when I was a youngster I tended to collect quite a few things that took up a lot of space (CDs, books, and all things electronics to name a few). I rarely threw things away unless they were broken or I in some way outgrew them. Who knows, I might need these someday.

I never did, though, needed those things ever again. Books kept piling up, books I never re-read. They were just lying around collecting dust. Clothes in the drawers never being used. Some of which I tried on, but quickly discarded and put them back in the drawer. Keeping stuff that could be useful to me in the future was only taking up space and was never used.

Sometimes I cave in and get me something that’s not a necessity but something I want. But never on a whim

Having too much stuff that was being unused started to be very obvious to me when at a point in my life, I moved between cities. Realizing I packed and unpacked things that I was never using. So ever since then, I have been trying my best only to purchase and keep things I need. Sometimes I cave in and get me something that’s not a necessity but something I want. But never on a whim, I think it through carefully at first. After all, it’s crucial to live a little too and get things that make you feel good too ๐Ÿ™‚

Obtain and keep only what you need, it turns out, will have such a lasting positive impact on you

Let’s dive into the benefits of living a de-cluttered life.

Less money spent

The fewer things you obtain, the more hard-earned money you get to keep. This benefit is, of course, the most obvious one and can transform into increased savings to make your finances stronger you can also invest in experiences that will enrich your life. Fill your life with memories together with your friends, not stuff.

Freeing up your time

Having fewer things around you means less stuff to tidy up. It is easier to make decisions (what clothes should I wear today). Also, think of all the time you will free up previously spent on online shopping sites. Spend these moments with your family, friends, and pet instead.

Peace of mind

Decluttering just makes for a beautiful and peaceful mind. You will feel much more relaxed and calm, and you can instead focus your brain’s energy on positive experiences in your life. It will truly make such a lasting and positive impact on your mind and life.

Let’s do this!

Declutter for an easy living

Clutter, why do we have it? There are of course many reasons but some of the most frequent ones include uncontrolled consumption and attachment with strong emotions and memories. Or just the plain old, I might need it someday.

For many years I belonged to the group that kept things in case I needed them someday. I never did though… needed those things at some point in the future. Loads of books I never re-read collecting dust. Clothes in the drawers never being used. Things that could be useful at some point in the future, were only taking up space and actually never used.

This started to be very obvious when at a point in my life I moved between cities. Realizing I packed and unpacked things that were never used. So ever since I have been hell-bent to only keep things I really need, want, and bring value to me. With a big emphasis on need. On top of this, every time I get rid of things I no longer need, it brings me so much satisfaction afterward. It is practically the best thing ever.

I have been hell-bent to only keep things I really need, want, and bring value to me

Then what are some of the benefits when you remove clutter from your life.

Having less things around you means less things to tidy up, even more so if you have kids. It is easier to make decisions (what clothes should I wear today).

And not to mention the amount of time wasted on searching for things you can not find because you just have too many things laying around making finding what you really need unnecessary hard.

Decluttering my home has made me more focused on what truly matters, instead of constantly having a guilty conscious that I should tidy up, or stuff laying around that never gets used. I really should start playing that guitar today. It is just so liberating living in a decluttered home.

Launching Applied lean living

I am so excited to take the leap and write about lean living, a topic that is near and dear to my heart. I am going to touch on topics that relate to a happier, more productive, and economic life. Expect a new article every fortnight.

Put yourself in control

These articles will contain nuggets of wisdom that will propel your life. If you have not already started, it is due time you put yourself in control of your life. Think of these as a set of recipes that you can apply one at a time to gradually improve your living.

As with recipes in a cookbook, not everything I write here will appeal or work for everyone. We are all different, and even more importantly, in various stages in life. These are primarily meant as inspiration to drive you forward. Take what works for you now where you are in life and adapt them to your needs.

It takes time and willpower to change

Finally, do not try to apply all recipes at once and rush things. It does not work well with a cookbook, and it does not work well with these recipes. Of course, some recipes are easy and could probably be applied simultaneously, but remember that you are in this for the long run and do not overdo it. Take your time.

I sincerely hope you will enjoy reading and applying these bite-sized nuggets of life-improving recipes as I am writing them.


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