Less Stuff, More Life

Less Stuff, More Life

Have you ever wanted to living with less?

Scandinavians embrace a different paradigm when it comes to home living. Bigger is not better, more stuff doesn’t mean you have more wealth. Instead, they believe in simple design, living within their budget and saving money to purchase home items.

While researching for this post, I found this great graphic: it illustrates how in America, our homes have gotten bigger and bigger over time. My home was built in the 1940’s.  I don’t know about you, but I have felt that 1800 square feet is just too small for 2 adults, 2 kids and a dog. I hear myself saying, “There isn’t enough storage” or “There isn’t enough closet space”.

We experienced this first hand while staying at an open designed home in Denmark. It comfortably slept 12. The open design made for natural gather places in the living room and dining table. The windows made for breath taking views that change with the light. It was refreshing to live in a well designed home for two weeks.

In addition, we had a paradigm shifting conversation with my dear Swedish friend Camilla (@CamZam).

Shifting Perspectives

We met in Copenhagen and spent the afternoon together. It was pouring rain and we ended up walking through Islium Bolighus, a high-end  home store that sets the standard for home living. (More posts to come on all the beautiful things we saw there, I think Camilla took a dozen pictures of me ohhing and ahhing over all the wonderful things in there!).

While in the store, I asked Camilla, “How do you afford anything with such high taxes?” Her response was that they save. They budget for items, even small items and then they buy something nice that will last and not need to be replaced in a year. We got to talking about the size of our home and how small it is. She and her boyfriend live in 800 square feet with their son.

Her response to us was, “Why do you need a bigger home?”

To which we replied, “To put all our stuff”.

“Then get rid of your stuff,” she said.

Enough said.

Less Stuff, More Life

This conversation struck a cord with Jon and I. We have always tried to live within our means. Most of our furniture has been used it’s only the last few years that we’ve purchased new items. So, we are working to shift our paradigm, shift the way we think about stuff and get rid of what we don’t need and use.

The mantra that I’ve been saying is “Live with Less and Live with More”.

A great Danish Magazine is “Bo Bedre” or Live Better. I think we can all live better by living with less.

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Kathy Dalton
Go Adventure Mom’s found, Kathy Dalton, launched Go Adventure Mom in 2012 in an effort to bring women together that love travel and the outdoors. As a former ski instructor, Kathy has taken her love for outdoor recreation and through the power of social media has created a platform to share her passion with the world. As a mom of three, Kathy loves to share her family adventures in Utah, cross-country skiing up Millcreek Canyon, skiing in the Wasatch Mountains, camping in Grand Teton National Park and camping in the Uintas. Kathy has been featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Parents and Parenting magazine. Kathy is a regular contributor to Visit Salt Lake and is a tip contributor on TripAdvisor.
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4 thoughts on “Less Stuff, More Life

  1. This is so true. Our house is “only” 2,000 square feet and although it feels so big to me, we have one of the smallest houses in our extended family. There is just too much stuff in life! But! There is something to be said about design. Our home is a closed floor plan built in the 1960’s and so it does end up feeling smaller than it actually is because the living spaces feel small and boxy. Whereas a lot of the European homes have embraced the less is more idea and the homes are made to accommodate family space, with less focus on large bedrooms and bathrooms and more focus on open living spaces.

    Whenever I want to buy anything I ask myself two questions….1) Do I really need it? and 2) Do I have somewhere to put it. Unless the answer to both those questions is yes, I don’t buy it. Enlightening and disappointing all at the same time. ;o)

  2. A couple years ago, I watched an episode of the Oprah Show. She was in Denmark. She toured some of the “small” homes and was astonished with how little “stuff” the people had. She asked one guy and this was his response. . .”Less stuff, more life.” That has stuck with me. I am trying to make that my mantra. Thanks for the post. I really enjoyed it and it too motivated me

  3. every people in this world should ,live like this, very good

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