How’d all that STUFF Happen?

Kevin Utting Cc

I kid you not; STUFF multiplies like dust bunnies under the bed. I’ve been working toward greater simplicity for several years now, and I still have too much stuff. For the second year in a row I participated in “The Month of 100 Things.” This Facebook group pledges to rid their lives and homes of 100 unnecessary things during the first month of the calendar year. It never  fails to amaze me how much can be gotten rid of in 31 days!

From cleaning out a drawer in the office to my closet, it was pretty easy to eliminate 100 things that weren’t either necessary or perceived as beautiful and essential. And then tonight, on my way home from a meeting, I hear The Minimalists on WITF-FM (NPR) say that the average American home has over 300,ooo things in it. Goodness! How much do we need to consume to be happy? How much do we have to hang on to “just in case” we might one day need it? Hmmmmmm….maybe I’ll go clean out another drawer.

What are your ideas for avoiding the consumption of excess stuff?

Check out this blog post from embracinghomemaking.net aptly entitled “200 Things to Throw Away” to get  started (if it doesn’t exhaust you just by reading the list!). I really like the Oscar Wilde quote “There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid others would pick them up.” There’s that “fear” thing again! Remember there’s enough if we all just do a better job of sharing.

(Photo: Kevin Utting, Creative Commons. Thanks!)

3 responses to “How’d all that STUFF Happen?

  1. I read library books so that I’m not spending money on books only to find out I hate them. I’ve also read a lot of library books on decluttering (subject headings: orderliness, housekeeping or house keeping,…) and over the last few months I’ve been using various techniques to declutter my 600 square foot apartment.
    I’ve taken things to Goodwill, clothing/winter coats/purses to Dress For Success, massively decluttered files, and gone through CDs and movies to remove ones which I’ve not used in aeons. It’s been a way to figure out what items I have are more important or that I value and what I can live without.

  2. We’ve found moving each year for the last two years has been a good way of getting rid of stuff. It’s amazing how much stuff is left though.

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