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William Morris said: “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
Why Live Simply?
Number one reason: It’s a Sunnah and as Muslims, it is our first priority to follow the example of our Prophet Muhammad (sa). It is a well-known fact that he wore simple clothes, sometimes with patches. He also had few spare clothes, but he kept them spotlessly clean. (Bukhari) His house was a simple clay hut with almost no decorations. His room contained a cot and a pillow stuffed with palm leaves. He would sit on the bare floor or on a mat.
Overall, simple living has the following advantages
- We learn to remain content with less material items, and focus on positive relationships.
- We present an example for others.
- We are less likely to get into debt.
- We save money.
- We remain environmentally friendly.
- It is easier to clean and keep clean.
- It makes less work for us and others.
- It amounts to less stress and more freedom.
- We own less, but whatever we own is of higher quality.
- Make Dua and sincere intention to follow the Sunnah of our Prophet (sa).
- Realize this is a way of life. This is a marathon, not a sprint.
- Start with the easiest places first
- Realize your goal: It is to minimalize, not re-organize all the stuff.
- Go room by room with a basket. Put in anything that does not belong in that space and then put it in its proper place.
- If that thing does not have a proper place, ask yourself: Do I really need this?
- If you don’t need it, consider donating, selling, reusing the item in a different way
- Slowly work from room to room initially to get things back into their proper places.
- Do this at your own pace: 15 minutes daily or from top to bottom in one go.
- Once the first go around is completed, consider going deeper room by room.
- Minimize and then organize
While you are going from room to room, keep handy four labelled boxes: Donate, Sell, Garbage, Fix
In the upcoming articles in this series, we will take a look at each room, what it potentially contains and how we can achieve our goal of becoming a minimalist.