Have you ever read George Carlin’s book titled A Place For My Stuff? He also has a hilarious stand up routine on stuff. In a nutshell he talks about the stuff we collect and how we have to have bigger homes in order to store our stuff. Crazy when you think about it in those terms.
It reminded me of an article I read some time ago about spending your money on experiences instead of things. We work hard for our money and rather than spending our leftover money on things we absolutely don’t need or don’t love, how about buying some of life’s experiences or little pleasures instead? You’ll feel better, have less clutter and probably get a little more enjoyment out of life.
Keeping up with the Jones’
Do you tend to compare yourself to others? I just have to have that new set of golf clubs Tom has. I need to purchase a new dress for the party or our friends will think I wear the same thing all the time. I’ve seen this a lot and it’s one reason why there is so much clutter in homes. Live with what you have and what you need and you will be surprised at how much you have to do other things.
New becomes old quickly
Purchasing something new gives us a good feeling but the feeling quickly fades. Sometimes we end up asking ourselves why we bought it in the first place not long after the initial purchase. Shopping is often an emotional experience. Had a bad day? Feeling bad about yourself? Let’s go shopping! Shopping can get to be a habit. Before you know it you have a closet full of clothes you don’t need or wear and you have a storage room filled with items you never use.
Now you’re in that rut
Have you looked around and were surprised to see what you have accumulated? Your closets are full. You may have duplicates of items you don’t need. Maybe you’re having trouble putting your hands on something you know you have. So many people I have talked to over the years admit that they didn’t realize how much money they have spent on needless items. And it makes them cringe to think what they could have done with that money like take a trip or pay down debt.
I wouldn’t expect everyone to become a minimalist but having less can lead to having more. It’s never too late to start. ClutterBGone has kick started many families into spending less on “stuff” and enjoying more out of life.