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Commit To A Year Of Less.

Commit To A Year Of Less


A new year is upon us. I love new years and new beginnings. I’m sort of a nerd like that.

I just always feel like I get a fresh start. What happened last year is in the past and this is a new year to do new things!

Are you ready to commit to new things? How about committing to less this year?

Shop Less. In our culture we are under the assumption that shopping is a hobby.  When we use shopping as a hobby or a coping mechanism, we just fill our life with more stuff. Typically there is nothing we need. But we’re scoping out the store for those “good deals that save us money”. Say what? So we spend $20 on something instead of $50 and if I had stayed home I wouldn’t have spent any? Something is not quite adding up…

Schedule Less. Life is busy. Now that everyone has an easily accessible mode of transportation, we tend to fill our lives with all sorts of obligations. Some are really good things, don’t get me wrong, but much of our running around and general busyness is superfluous. Cut out the unnecessary and spend your time on more important things.

Argue Less. Of course it’s nice to be right… but it’s never as satisfactory as we think it will be. Make a commitment to never say: “I told you so” or get in that one last word. Yes, we want to, and there is a very brief moment of satisfaction in saying just the “right” thing at just the “right” time, but it doesn’t benefit anyone. It doesn’t help the relationship, it doesn’t help the other person and it doesn’t help you.

Worry Less. If it’s out of our control, there is no point in dwelling on it. Shift your thoughts from negative to positive: instead of worrying what someone thinks of you, square your shoulders and complement yourself that you “put yourself out there”. Instead of worrying about how the bills are going to get paid, plan out the next step you need to take to increase your income (or decrease your bills/spending). Don’t worry, instead focus on what you need to do.

Organize Less. I often think of becoming minimalist’s article of don’t just declutter, de-own. One of my biggest pet peeves is seeing an article on decluttering, only to find that the author is telling people how to creatively rearrange their stuff. It doesn’t need better organizational products. It needs to be removed from the home. We can’t keep excess organized.

Store Less. Why do we have boxes of memorabilia stashed away? So that our children and grandchildren can throw it out after we’re gone? Let’s not burden our loved ones in that way. Sort through some of that stored clutter and let it go.

“Work” Less. 34% of employees say they work long hours, but spend 1.5 to 2 hours per day wasting time on the internet. <source> How about turning off the phone, setting up a social media and/or internet blocking app on the computer, and work efficiently. You can get more work done and avoid working so much overtime.

Consume Less. Use up food in the fridge and pantry. If you buy fruits and veggies, make it a point to eat them before they spoil. Eat leftovers instead of throwing them out. Eat less junk food. Good real food fills us up and makes us feel good.


Looking for a step-by-step workbook to help you declutter your home? Start here.

About the author, Rachel

Hi there! I’m Rachel Jones, and I founded Nourishing Minimalism in 2012 at the beginning of my minimalist journey. If you're looking for encouragement in your journey, I go live in my FREE Facebook Groups every weekday- feel free to join me there: Nourishing Minimalism Facebook Group


  1. Helen on 01/05/2015 at 3:56 PM

    I love the idea of LESS!! I was going to pick it as my ‘word of the year’ yet it comes across as such a negative word (definition in the dictionary) I am leaning towards others words, but many of my actions and intentions for 2015 will revolve around these principles – for me LESS technology (use) is my biggest aim!

  2. Margaret on 01/05/2015 at 4:36 PM

    I purchased your book 30 Day Guide to a Clean and Organized Home but I’m not sure how to access it. I’m excited to get started. Could you please advise me?

    • Rachel on 01/09/2015 at 1:45 AM

      Hi Midge,
      I’ve tried emailing you a couple times, have you gotten my emails?

  3. Minimalizate on 01/10/2015 at 2:02 PM

    I love your blog!

  4. Verity on 01/12/2015 at 7:07 PM

    This article could also be called “Commit to a Year of More” because when you choose to take out the unnecessary, you have more time for what is valuable.

    More time with loved ones, more time pursuing dreams and a more purposeful existence.

    Great post!

    • Vicky on 02/22/2015 at 8:30 PM

      What a great thought!

  5. HappinessSavouredHot on 01/17/2015 at 11:12 PM

    Yay! This is so inspiring. Wonderful list. I will come back to list as I embark on my year of Less is More. Thank you for sharing!

  6. Seven on 01/26/2015 at 10:38 AM

    I’m in the middle of a “Buy nothing January” challenge. So far, it is pretty awesome, and I’m seriously considering to just continue with it until my holidays in february.

  7. raquel on 12/28/2015 at 1:45 PM

    Love it!
    Congrats its a great article.

    • Rachel on 12/29/2015 at 1:09 AM

      Thanks Raquel <3

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