The Dreaded Accumulation of Stuff

One of the things I have been doing with my overwhelming amount of free time is cleaning out all of the “stuff” we have somehow accumulated in the three and a half years we have lived in this house. You won’t believe how much stuff we have that we don’t use.

I have been doing this for two reasons: we have too much stuff for the size of our house and I need the money I can get from selling this stuff to help offset medical bills.

My entire life, my family as a whole has struggled with stuff.  I have some family members who cannot have people over to their house because they have so many things.  I never want to be that way.  I have been cleaning out those houses for years and not getting anywhere.  So when I started my journey at the beginning of February one year ago, my journey of fiscal responsibility and saving and fulfilling my life in sort of an anti-consumerist way, I started looking at the number of things in my house I don’t even use.

I went through my cupboards and got rid of things I have never touched in this house. Sometimes I just walk by a decoration on a table and throw it in a box to be sold. The Old Man and I both collect things and now I think if something isn’t a part of my collection, why keep it unless it has sentimental or practical value? We like antiques, not new things.  Why do I need so many new things?

This outlook on stuff, although some people say it is twisted, has helped me cut out spending on stuff.  I just don’t need it.  I have even gone through my antique collection and decided to get rid of what I store in boxes and only keep the pieces I love the most and display and use. There isn’t a lot of money in anything I have, but there is a weight that holds me down in having a bedroom full of boxes.

What is your relationship with stuff?


About His Polish Princess

I'm an engineer by day and an entrepreneur by night. I live with my Old Man, and our cat, Junior. Okay, so the cat is mine, not ours. I have some old fashioned opinions and I believe the unlikely can be achieved with hard work and a little bit of luck. I like cars and motorcycles and remodeling houses and taking risks. I love my family and my community in Small Town, USA. I believe life is one grand adventure that should be lived and thoroughly enjoyed. In 2013 I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and focused on natural healing. Fortunately, my disease has been in remission since 2014. In 2015 I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. These things are just a road bump in life. They won't stop me from remodeling or buying houses or starting new ventures. Life is all about how you see it.
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