When I look back at my overspending past and relive the feelings of those times I know I'm in a happier place these days.
The adrenalin rush of a new purchase, the acclaim received from sharing my new wares with friends, the pride as I gloated in my good taste and trend spotting skills were all short lived. It must have been, because each new purchase was never enough; my wardrobe was never complete, my house never quite finished and I never did outwit those trend setters. The guilt of overspending and the inevitable chaos of managing those multiplying possessions continually overwhelmed me.
Mending my spendthrift ways was hard - dealing with the physical clutter was emotionally draining and adjusting to a lower income was a challenge.
A smaller house, fewer belongings and less commitments can feel restrictive. There are times I wish I had a bigger house, more kitchen gadgets or a certain item of clothing but I've learnt to manage and have used creativity and flexibility to make less work. I've developed discipline and non-attachment to material gains and my happiness now comes from simple pleasures that cost little or nothing. I still buy new things and enjoy treating myself occasionally but my spending is now mindful rather than careless. And I'm no longer in a rush to have it all.
If you believe in less you can make less work. Your life will not be perfect but it would not have been anyway. Your home and wardrobe will never be complete even if you chase perfection.
Nearly three years later after reading about the cult of less and beginning my journey of decuttering and downsizing I feel my life is richer despite being simpler.
Deciding that I had enough and a curiosity to see if less could make me happier was the start.
I'm not done yet but I'm glad I said yes to less.