Tis the season to think about stuff. With the official shopping season kick-off of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, it’s all about the buy, buy, buy.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been struggling with having too much stuff. How do you know if you have too much stuff? Can you quickly find what you’re looking for? Do you need a storage unit or garage to store the extra stuff you don’t use all the time? Do things fall on your head when you open your closet? If any of these are your reality, then you may have too much stuff.
So if a glance around your dwelling confirms that your clutter and full closets have created a stuff overload, here are a few things to think about to simplify your life.
- If you bring something into your home, get rid of something else.
- If you haven’t used it or worn it for six months, consider giving it to a friend or donating it to charity.
- Let go of the things you ‘might use someday’ but don’t have a real use for today.
Examine your possessions with an eye to what really makes you happy and consider getting rid of the things that are just there. My weakness is books and I had several bookcases that were full. Most of them I was never going to read again, so I got rid of two thirds of the dust-catchers and gave them to friends or donated them to charity. I am far happier with less clutter and I don’t miss them at all. I got rid of a couple bookcases, have more space and my study feels more open and zen-like which makes me happy.
More stuff doesn’t make you happier. In fact, my life has become more calm and manageable the less stuff I have. Less stuff to manage leaves more time and money for the things that were really important to me – friends, family, time for outdoor activities and creative pursuits – things that I love.
Do you think you have too much stuff? What are you willing to do to change that? Please share your thoughts in the comments!
Check out the Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard: http://www.storyofstuff.org/