1. Because time is too precious and short to spend it looking for, organizing, sorting, cleaning, buying, desiring and managing our stuff.
2. Because to somebody, we are the Joneses. Somebody is watching you and I and trying to keep up with our lifestyles. By living and thriving with less we help to create a new status quo.
3. Because the world simply cannot afford the American dream.
4. Because everything we bring home must eventually be disposed of.
5. Because being the hands and feet of Jesus to a starving world costs something, and having less leaves us with so much more to give.
6. Because nobody has ever found joy by acquiring more trinkets.
7. Because the appropriate response to our own gratitude is generosity. If we are truly thankful for all that we have, we will give it away.
8. Because wanting to buy as much as we can for as little as we can drives an economy that loves money at the expensive of people.
9. Because all of the most beautiful things in life are simple, often intangible, and almost always nearly free.
10. Because less stuff means more room for people and life. More room for epic board game battles and monster Lego creations and impromptu tickle fights on the living room floor.
11. Because someday somebody we love is going to have to sort through every item we chose to hang on to.
12. Because it becomes increasingly difficult to see the difference between our needs and our wants when we are surrounded by so much more than we need.
13. Because we have the choice. And with choice becomes responsibility. Much of the world cannot choose to live with just enough because they don't have enough to begin with. We must choose to live simply so that others can simply live.
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