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?