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The Actual Cost of Owning a Thing

Pull any item off a retail shelf, carry it to the corrals of cash registers lining the front of the store, and you can exchange the money you've earned to bring the thing home with you.

But the true cost of a thing goes well beyond the price on the price tag.

The cost of:

Storing the thing.
Maintaining the thing.
Cleaning the thing.
Watering the thing.
Feeding the thing.
Charging the thing.
Accessorizing the thing.
Refueling the thing.
Changing the thing's oil.
Replacing the thing's batteries.
Fixing the thing.
Repainting the thing.
Taking care of the thing.
Thinking about the thing.
Worrying about the thing.
Protecting the thing.
Replacing the thing.

When you add it all up, the actual cost of owning a thing is nearly immeasurable. So we better choose carefully what things we bring into our lives, because we can't afford every-thing.

Of course, letting go is not only freeing, it's free—no purchase necessary.

Travelling to Become a Minimalist

One of the cornerstones of minimalism is to use time wisely. To appreciate every single day of our lives. However, we tend to see time as endless—and focus on money as the ubiquitous limiting resource. We can change this false idea by adopting a travel mindset in our daily lives.

When we travel, we appreciate every single day. We know the end of our vacation and make the best out of every remaining hour. Time has suddenly become a limited resource. In our daily lives, this end is merely unknown. It is vague and therefore feels endless. But it isn’t.

Start thinking in definite periods. Set yourself limits or goals that give time a framework. Do not understand time as a given. Apply your holiday mindset to your daily life. This will not only make you use your time more wisely, it will also reduce the stress level caused by focussing solely on money.

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