• Stop Gifting "Stuff." Experiences are so much better. Stuff doesn't satisfy for more than a few minutes, but experiences can last forever in memory.  Also, stuff takes up lots of precious storage space in your house.

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  • Invest in the Future: Bring your own plastic bag. Not only does this reduce waste, it also reduces the amount of plastic you bring into your home. Less plastic bags take up less storage space, plus it saves the planet.

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  • Choose enriching activities, not just entertaining activities. We are a generation of people who want to be entertained, by social media, movies, and the internet, generally. This isn't inherently bad, but it is addictive. Today, choose an activity that will help you learn something new, not something that will just stave off boredom.

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  • Don't buy stuff you don't need. Really. There is so much stuff out there to buy these days. Most of it is just extra stuff; that will clutter your life and keep you from focusing on the things that matter most. Save your money for things that really matter, like a reliable car, your house payment, food, and maybe money for experiences that will leave lasting memories.

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  • Say no to a life complication today. This could be something that you truly don't have time for, or an invitation that you don't want. Just say no and simplify your day. The first time is always the hardest, but you will be grateful later. Every time I say yes to something I didn't want to do, or didn't have time for, I regret it. You probably do, too. Say no and simplify today.

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  • Pick out your 7 favorite shirts and wear only those for a week (or two weeks). You will feel great as you wear stuff that makes you feel good and it will simplify your life as you take the guesswork out of getting ready. If you really like this system, consider putting together a capsule wardrobe with a small number of mix and match articles of clothing that you love.

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  • Create, don't consume. Consuming media and stuff are fun, but it isn't very fulfilling. If you can create more than you consume, you will feel fulfilled and learn a lot from the process. It takes time and effort, but both of those are worth it to learn where your creative strengths lie, whether that is writing, cooking, singing or painting. Find your passion and create.

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  • Get rid of one thing you don't like that you have been hanging onto out of obligation. So many of us have tons of extra junk. Some of it useful, and some of it not so much. I bet you would feel light and free if you got rid of something you don't like in your home. Just do it.

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  • Take 5 -20 minutes today to connect with an old friend or family member that you haven't talk with in a while. Chances are good that you need it, and they need it. Minimalism is all about making time for the stuff that matters. Family and friends matter. Relationships matter. Take time for them today.

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  • Find 5 things to be really and truly grateful for today. You may have a lot, you may not have much, but your life will feel fuller as you find things to be thankful for. Minimalism has blessed my life and helped me to be more grateful and happy. I think these 10 principles can make your life more fulfilling, too.

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