We live in belief that we need bunch of stuff (a great post about this), but we really don’t. In fact more stuff will just make us unhappier.
How to know what we actually need? It’s kind of tricky to analyze your own feelings when a “need” hits you. So how to combat the temptations of new iPhone or new Stieg Larsson bestseller?
We try to follow 30 day rule in getting new stuff. Basically if you “need” something you write it on paper and wait for 30 days. After that you can go ahead and purchase it. That is if you still “need” it.
30 days is long enough time to let you distance yourself from the object and really analyze if you could live without it.