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Last Updated on December 17, 2020

True Story Bro. If You Want Everything, You Will Have Nothing

True Story Bro. If You Want Everything, You Will Have Nothing

How many unworn clothes and unread books sit in your house? This stuff doesn’t add value to our lives. It’s especially hard to part with items that have sentimental value.

The average American home contains over 300,000 items.[1] 10% of Americans rent storage space even though the size of their homes has tripled.[2]

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How to be a minimalist

    Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things (2015) demonstrates the power of owning less things. Learn why people hoard more possessions than they need, and how this behavior affects their happiness.

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    Consumption for the sake of consumption is leading us to be miserable. We can consciously choose to disengage from this materialistic mindset.

    Minimalism can change your life for the better

    This documentary shows viewers how their quality of life could improve by practicing minimalism. It’s not that owning things is bad, it’s just that the majority of things that we buy are a response to consumerism instead of an actual need. We’re bombarded with messages telling us to buy all the time, when really we need to focus on purchasing only those things that will make our lives better.

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    This film shows you what a minimalist lifestyle looks like. Although this documentary doesn’t offer too many practical tips for living life as a minimalist, it does help you envision what your life could be like with less stuff.

    Think about doing more with less

    Watching this film made me think about my own possessions and spending habits. I realized that some of the things that I perceived to be needs were wants that I had developed based on societal expectations.

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    I would recommend viewing this so that you can rethink your own consumption habits. Over the last hundred years, media and businesses have been pushing us to buy more. The more you buy, the more you want. The more you own, the emptier you feel. Instead of feeling gratitude for what we have, we long for the things we can’t have.

    Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things is a must-watch for people who already have a lot of stuff, but still feel like they don’t have enough.

    I give this film an overall rating of 3.75 out of 5 stars.

    You can become trapped by your need to have more stuff

    Society has normalized this need to own more things. Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things reminds us that there might be a simpler and better way to live.

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    Anna is a communication expert and a life enthusiast. She's the Content Strategist of Lifehack and loves to write about love, life, and passion.

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    Last Updated on March 24, 2021

    8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

    8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

    We’ve all done it. We’ve gone out and bought useless gadgets that we don’t really need, just because they seemed really cool at the time. Then, we are stuck with a bunch of junk, and end up tossing it or trying to sell it on Ebay.

    On the other hand, there are some pretty awesome tech inventions that are actually useful. For instance, many of the latest home gadgets do some of your work for you, from adjusting the home thermostat to locking your front door. And, if used as designed, these tools should really help to make your life a lot easier—and that’s not just a claim from some infomercial trying to sell you yet another useless gadget.

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    Take a look at some of the most popular “smart gadgets” on the market:

    1. Smart Door Locks

    A smart lock lets you lock and unlock your doors by using your smartphone, a special key fob, or biometrics. These locks are keyless, and much more difficult for intruders to break into, making your home a lot safer. You can even use a special app to let people into your home if you are not there to greet them.

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    2. Smart Kitchen Tools

    Wouldn’t you just love to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you get home from work? What about a “smart pan” that tells you exactly when you need to flip that omelet? From meat thermometers to kitchen scales, you’ll find a variety of “smart” gadgets designed to make culinary geeks salivate.

    3. Mini Home Speaker Play:1

    If you love big sound, but hate how much space big speakers take up, and if you want a stereo system that is no bigger than your fist, check out the Play:1 mini speaker. All you have to do is plug it in, connect, and then you can stream without worrying about any interruptions or interface. You can even add onto it, and have different music playing in different rooms.

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    4. Wi-Fi Security Cameras

    These are the latest in home security, and they connect to the Wi-Fi in your home. You can use your mobile devices to monitor what is going on in your home at all times, no matter where you are. Options include motion sensors, two-way audio, and different recording options.

    5. Nest Thermostat

    This is a thermostat that lives with you. It can sense seasonal changes, temperature changes, etc., and it will adjust itself automatically. You will never have to fiddle with a thermostat dial or keypad again, because this one basically does all of the work for you. It can also help you to save as much as 12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooling bills.

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    6. Smart Lighting

    Control your home lighting from your remote device. This is great if you are out and want to make sure that there are some lights on. It is designed to be energy efficient, so it will pay for itself over time because you won’t have to spend so much on your monthly energy bills.

    7. Google Chromecast Ultra

    Whether you love movies, television shows, music, etc., you can stream it all using Google Chromecast Ultra. Stream all of the entertainment you love in up to 4K UHD and HDR, for just $69 monthly.

    8. Canary

    This home security system will automatically contact emergency services when they are needed. This system offers both video and audio surveillance, so there will be evidence if there are any break-ins on your property. You can also use it to check up on what’s happening at home when you are not there, including to make sure the kids are doing their homework.

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