How Small Spaces Provide More Freedom

First of all, I’m very sorry for not updating the blog for an entire month!

I’ve been on a speaking tour to share my “live with passion” message and help more people choose passion over paycheck.

Does this sound like an interesting topic?

In fact, I started Midway Simplicity because I realized the importance of simple living and its vital role in facilitating your passionate living pursuit. When you live simpler, you can easily pursue the things that matter most to you. When you live simpler, you have more freedom to do what you love.

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Today, I’ve a new interesting episode of the Midway Decluttering Show for you.

My special guest is Alex Pino from Tiny House Talk. Alex believes that small spaces provide more freedom and make you happier and lighter.

Enjoy watching this new episode


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Here are some interesting notes I took:

  1. You don’t have to get down to 100 things. It is OK to get rid of hundreds of things.
  2. Relocating to a smaller space is a big motivation to declutter fast.
  3. If you’re stressed from wondering how you are going to sell your stuff, just let go and give it away.
  4. If you are cool with the basics, you can get what you truly want in life.
  5. Instead of worrying about everything that is over-cluttered in your life, just pick one area and try to wide out the rest. Otherwise, you’ll drive yourself crazy.
  6. You have to find a way to become first in your life. This way you can better care about your beloved ones.
  7. You can pass your sentimental items to a family member or a friend who doesn’t mind to keep them. This way you can always get them back whenever you need.
  8. Buy what you really like even if it costs more, because it is going to keep you out of the stores and make you happy too.
  9. Buy high quality items. You’ll feel better and you will buy less often.
  10. The three piles decluttering method (minute 24:35)
  11. Small space = Big life

What is your favorite tip?

Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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6 Responses to How Small Spaces Provide More Freedom

  1. Nicole June 12, 2013 at 4:24 am #

    My favorite tip is:

    #9 – Buy high quality items. You’ll feel better and you will buy less often.

    I think this is an especially useful tip even for purposes beyond the task of de-cluttering or living simply in small spaces. If we focus on purchasing high quality items, we place ourselves in a better position to flip those items during situations where we may need to sell some items to free up space or earn some extra bucks.

    Granted, you might not get the full retail value that you initially paid for the item, but higher quality items will demand more bang for your buck in the long run, as compared to items of less quality. It’s just like selling appliances, jewelry or electronics…quality materials will last longer and be more valuable to people who you sell them to, as a used or second-hand product. We must also be mindful of quality when shopping for clothing and entertainment items as well :)

    I pair of Ralph Lauren, GAP or True Religion jeans in good condition from Nordstroms, JC Penny or Macy’s, or wherever they are obtained, etc. will attract more consignment or thrift store sell-through options than…say…a pair of Lee brand jeans from Wal-Mart or Mudd brand jeans from discount department franchises such as Marshalls or Ross.

    ~Nicole

    • Mohamed tohami June 16, 2013 at 10:02 am #

      That’s a very interesting perspective Nicole. Buying high quality items cannindeed be very useful when we try to sell it for whatever reason in the future. Thanks a lot for sharing suchna great insight.

  2. Christy King June 14, 2013 at 4:52 am #

    Regarding the question of how busy people can declutter: One thing I do when I don’t have time to actively declutter is just resolve that when I open up any cabinet or closet, I’ll keep my eyes open for anything I can use up or get rid of. I just keep a bag out during that period to toss things into and deal with it later when I do have.

    • Mohamed tohami June 16, 2013 at 10:05 am #

      That’s a great top Christy. Declutter as you go. Whenever you see something that should be decluttered, you put it in an assigned home. Thanks for sharing this great tip.

  3. Try New Things June 15, 2013 at 2:18 am #

    I downsized recently as part of reducing my responsibilities. I had a big house with a pool and a couple of cars and now I am in a townhouse with one small car and no pool.

    I feel so free and happy after 6 months of this that I am starting to purge even more. I no longer have to work since I downsized either so I can work when I want to now. Doing things I like…

    Life is good. Small house. small car. Big life!

    • Mohamed tohami June 16, 2013 at 10:08 am #

      Awesome. Many people may think you sacrificed a great life, but in fact you sacrificed a stuffed life for living a bigger and more enjoyable life. Thanks for sharing your inspiring experience.

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