A mother-of-three has revealed how stripping her family home of as many belongings as possible has made her content.
Cassie Bracknell, from Mandurah in Western Australia, has permanently decluttered her property after getting rid of 70 per cent of her household goods.
After turning her back on overconsumption, her humble abode now has just enough furniture, hardly any clothing and a bare minimum of worldly possessions.
She now uses the time she’d previously spent cleaning and packing things away to enjoying quality time with her children.
Cassie Bracknell, from Mandurah in Western Australia, has permanently decluttered her property after getting rid of 70 per cent of her household goods
The mother-of-three has revealed how striping her family home of as many belongings as possible has made her content
Before: The mother said she decided to downsize her possession after she became overwhelmed by the clutter in her home
‘When you get rid of stuff, you just become less stressed,’ she told 9News.
The mother said she decided to downsize her possession after she became overwhelmed by the clutter in her home.
Since embracing minimalism, Ms Bracknell said she has managed to save an extra $100 a week – and even booked a family holiday for the first time in four years.
‘When you get into the mindset of not buying stuff just for the sake of buying stuff, you free up a lot of money,’ she said.
She believed choosing a life with less goods will give her more time on the important moments – spending quality time with her children.
For those who want a life with less stuff, Ms Bracknell said decluttering doesn’t happen overnight – as the process takes up to 12 weeks.
She advised setting up a sorting station before you embark on a journey of minimalism – have recycle, sell, giveaway and rubbish piles.
Professional organiser Carolyn Verhoef, from Outside the Box Organisation Solutions, said decluttering your home would free up 40 per cent more of your time.
‘We actually don’t do very well if we have more than three choices of something,’ Ms Verhoef said.
She now uses the time she’d previously spent cleaning and packing things away to enjoying quality time with her children
‘When we have lots of offerings of what to play with or what to do, we actually go into a bit of anxiety about “am I doing the right thing right now?”.
‘The clarity of mind is by far the thing that most people would get from living a much more minimal life. All of that clutter is taking up brain space so you don’t think as clearly, you are less likely to be able to focus on something.’
Decluttering has become a popular modern lifestyle in recent years, with US friends Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus advocating the joys of living with less.
The pair, who are authors of The Minimalists, discovered the lifestyle after they felt trapped in their high-flying corporate careers.
The duo walked away from their six-figure salaries after jettisoning most of their possessions taught them that things can get in the way of most of the important ‘things’ in life: their health, passions, growth and relationships.