How conquering clutter can make you happier

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by Gina Maravilla

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Posted on March 19, 2014 at 12:54 PM

PHOENIX -- Can getting rid of your clutter actually make you a happier person?

Joshua Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus say yes! They call themselves the "The Minimalists", and on Wednesday's Good Morning Arizona, they showed Gina Maravilla how less stuff can bring more meaning to your life.

"Everything I own either serves a purpose or brings me joy," says Millburn. "Minimalism is a lifestyle that allows people to question the things they have in their life and that they bring to their life, so they can actually figure out what's important."

Five years ago, Millburn said he had been living the American dream, with a great job and tons of stuff, but realized it wasn't making him happy. The when his mother died and his marriage ended in the same month, he realized he simply had too much stuff in his life. "I realized I was spending too much time on material possessions, and not enough time on what was actually important," he says.

"I had gotten to a point in my life when I didn't know what was important," says Nicodemus. "I had filled my life with all this stuff. The cars, the big house, the bigger job promotion; so many things. I lost track of what was important."

To try to pare things down and simplify, Nicodemus actually held a "packing party."

"I literally went through everything in my 2,000-square-foot condo," he says. "Then I unpacked things as I needed it, day by day. And at the end of three weeks it really gave me a clear idea of what I was actually using in my life and what was kind of sitting there and collecting dust."

When trying to de-clutter, ask yourself about the last time you actually used something. Only keep things that actually add value to your life. Ask, what's in the way? What's superfluous?

For more information on minimalism, visit their website, theminimalists.com.
 

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