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“Less is so much more”

Three readers tell us how letting go of their possessions enabled them to grab hold of life

“Life is far easier with fewer things”


Five years ago, I went for my first smear test – actually, I was about six months late for it because I had been too busy to go – and they found abnormal cells. It was stage 1 cervical cancer, which is easily treatable and I got the all-clear after a small procedure, but there’s nothing like being told that you have cancer to remind you of your mortality.

At around the same time, I read The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying by Marie Kondo (Ebury, £12.99), and it made me look at everything di.erently. I had always thought that the answer to feeling happier and calmer was ‘stu.’: ‘If only I had more money; if I had this or that I’d feel better.’ Kondo turned my thinking on its head: try having less stu… So, I gave it a go, and it worked. It made me feel calm; more in control. It’s quite a secure feeling knowing that everything around you is something you want to have there – and it definitely gave me a greater sense of self.

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We encourage you to fall in love with life, to get out of your head and into nature. Spring is officially here and we’re encouraging you to try a ‘micro-adventure’ –  a 24-hour foray outside into the fresh air whether it’s walking in the hills, or sleeping under the stars. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, exhausted and fed up of slaving to support a lifestyle that doesn’t make you happy, then read how decluttering and minimalism can help you start creating a life based on values, not things in our  dossier. Join our month-long Psychologies Decluttering Challenge with expert Cait Flanders, author of The Year Of Less, who will coach us on how to simplify our lives.