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Secrets to living luxuriously for less

Living luxuriously for less
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Living luxuriously for less

For many, the definition of luxury is excess: The more you have, the richer you feel.

But if opening your closet or garage door makes you feel overwhelmed by the amount of stuff -- much of which you didn't even realize you own -- it might be time to adopt the "less is more" approach to life.

Decluttering and simplifying will result in more free time and less stress, not to mention more money in the bank. What could be more luxurious than that?

The key to living luxuriously for less is to focus on quality over quantity. By learning to appreciate well-made items, you won't feel deprived and the siren call of "new and improved" will be easier to tune out -- or at least to tone down.

"We do have an obsession with wanting new things and wanting them often," says Jennifer L. Scott, author of "At Home With Madame Chic" and lifestyle blogger at the Daily Connoisseur.

"The trouble with that is we keep purchasing new things and barely appreciate them before we go on to the next," she adds. "We're on this roller coaster of constantly buying, trying to fill a void and never being satisfied."

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