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“Stuff” January 24, 2011

Posted by boaktree in Uncategorized.

I’m not a big fan of “stuff”.  I mean, some stuff has it’s place, and I have some things I really and truly love, but as a society we all have entirely to much “stuff”.  Much of it we have no use for if we really think about it. 

 My husband has gotten used to my agenda with stuff (which includes getting rid of it often, and moving around that which remains in our home on a regular basis.)  When we were first married though, I”m pretty sure I drove him mad.

I’m a minimalist at heart.  Even as a small child, I dreamed of living as a nomad with only my backpack.  Now that imagined backpack has evolved to an off the grid, eco friendly house that is sprarsely furnished, with just what we need to be happy.    Ah….someday.

But the stuff.  Oh my.  While I think that we may have less stuff than some of our comtemporaries – it is entirely too much for me.  I do not want to spend all my time taking care of our stuff, I have far more important things to do during my days.  The first and foremost being hanging with my children.  But how to keep it simple when you live with four children (and a husband who is more tolerant of material things than oneself?)  We try to only bring in to/keep in our home those things which a) have value to us, b) we use often or c) we truly love.

Recetly I have been trying to declutter one thing/room per week.  I find this to work well for keeping on top of things.

 I used to think I needed to have things to show my worth.  A nicely decorated home, new (well to me anyhow) clothes on a regular basis etc.  I”ve realized that this isn’t true.  I feel blessed to have the stuff we do have, as much of it makes life much easier and phsically comfortable than it would be otherwise.  But “stuff” doesn’t define me or anyone else.  What we drive, what we wear, where we live, none of that matters.  It’s not us – it’s “stuff”.

  This list is helpful as a guideline when deciding to keep or give away things.  This goes for things of “sentimental” value as well.   For things that you really don’t want taking up your space, but want to remember fondly – why not take a picture?

The List…..is anyone heading to declutter something after reading this? 

Do I love this item?

Have I used it in the past year?

Do I have another one that is better?

Does it have sentimental value that causes me to love it?

Does it give me guilt and make me sad when I seee it?

What does this item represent?

Why am I afraid to get rid of it?

How long am I going to carry it around?

Have I thought about this item for too long? 

Would i buy a replacement for it if it were lost in a fire?

Am I holding onto an item that was a gift out of obligation?

If it is broken do I really want to repair it?

Does it fit my vision of what my life should be like?

Does it bless my family?  Could it bless someone elses’s family?

So there you have it.  I’m on a mission to get rid of “stuff”. I want to simplify my life so that i spend less time shopping for, taking care of and moving around stuff.  I’d rather spend my time on people.

If you’d like some comedic entertainment I encourage you to check out George Carlin while he talks about “Stuff.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvgN5gCuLac

I also recommend watching – The Story of Stuff… –   http://www.storyofstuff.com/



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