My Dad recently fixed a dresser in my boys’ room that had broken because it was crammed too full of clothing. And I got a bruise on my leg when I was attacked by a stack of boxes in my downstairs closet.
The garage is a mess. I regularly fight to close my linen closet door.
We have so much stuff. Some would say that the stuff is a blessing, and I would agree that I do feel lucky to be able to have those things. But I also feel like I spend too much time trying to clean and organize and maintain this stuff. It takes time to find this stuff. It costs money to buy this stuff (even when you’re a deal hunter, those little amounts add up).
And I look ahead to the holidays and cringe at the thought of more things coming to my house. I wish that I could convince others that we honestly and truly don’t need anything. Why can’t we just enjoy each other’s company instead?
I envy folks who are able to live in tiny houses with just a few treasured items. Less stuff just feels like it would mean more to me.
So I am working on reducing the clutter in my life. It is definitely a work in progress, but maybe one day I will be able to enjoy true simplicity.
The infographic below really echoes the sentiment of living with less. It illustrates what I feel – that after all this gross consumerism, we know longer own things. Our stuff starts to own us.
Image compliments of Masters in Human Resources Degree Guide
Just think what life would be like if we simplified. Just think how much less debt we would all have.