As I began to look at where to start in order to change my relationship with what I own, it didn’t take too much investigating to realize something glaringly obvious:
I have too much STUFF.
From a front closet bursting with bins, to a bedroom which boasts in functionality but lacks in peacefulness, to a storage unit which is filled to the brim (and occasionally overflows when some unsuspecting visitor opens it); impressive organizational skills are able to disguise but not truly address my problem.
The accumulation of material possession happens for two reasons:
- Too much stuff coming in – This stuff didn’t appear out of thin air, at some point I brought everything into my place, piece by piece. I am responsible for welcoming it into my home. Most items are perishable: some last a week, others last months, and a few items may even last years.
- Too little stuff moving out – I cannot remember the last time when I had a serious purge. Every so often I will take a bag or two to the Salvation Army, but in recent years this has petered off primarily due to lack of time commitment. I also think that having given up my car in exchange for transit, in addition to a want to reuse/repurpose old objects has likely added to the difficulty of letting go of things I no longer need.
<<< Goal: reduce the amount of things I own by at least 5 items per week. >>>
I will track how many objects I’m bringing into the home (for this challenge, I won’t include quickly perishable items like food) and adjust the number of items I need to let go of by that amount. For example, if I buy 5 new items I will get rid of at least 10. That may be as simple as cleaning out a drawer a week, but hopefully I will slowly start to teach myself: The more you bring in, the more needs to move out. It’s time to start being accountable.
Have you ever attempted to reduce the amount of stuff you own? What were some of the tactics you used? Would you consider trying to reduce your stuff by 5 items a week with me? Let me know in the comments below!
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