My family and friends can’t stand going shopping with me. I used to be easily influenced into buying anything. Now I simply don’t want to buy anything. I’m the worst person to go shopping with now. I second guess every purchase. If I do end up buying something, I ask myself, “what will I get rid of now?” You know, the one in and one out policy. I don’t like to fill up my place with stuff, I would rather experience more.
With Christmas right around the corner we’re all shopping and the malls are jam packed. It’s too tempting to bust out the credit card and buy that perfect Christmas gift for that person on your list. Financially gluttony is way too common around this time of the year. I could go in the direction of racking up massive amounts of credit card debt by buying stuff, but I’m going to go in a different direction. I wanted to get into the actual stuff that we buy. I wanted to focus on what happens with all of the things that we spend our money on.
Is your stuff owning you? How can you tell? Let’s look at a few warning signs when it comes to letting your stuff take over your life:
You can’t get rid of anything.
This is a serious problem. Hoarding is very addictive and there can be no boundaries. Once you start to hoard it’s going to be difficult to stop. You’re going to want to hold on to everything. We all know someone that has a home filled with stuff from the 70s that they really don’t need any more. If you find yourself unable to get rid of anything, this is a sign that your stuff is taking over!
You have no space in your home.
If you can barely get around your place because of all of the stuff, then it’s definitely time to let go of a few things. Stuff is clutter and clutter sucks. There’s no other way to put it. I once rented out a mini disposal bin from a friend and got rid of a whole garage full of stuff. What’s the point of a garage (or basement or spare room) if it’s unusable because there’s too much crap in it? When you have no space this means that you got way too much stuff.
It feels like you never have enough.
When you can never have enough stuff, you’re letting your stuff take over. There’s always an excuse to get more stuff. If you feel like you don’t have enough you’re going to keep on accumulating more and more stuff until you can even find your bed in the room. If you can never have enough, it’s time to break loose of your stuff.
I hope I didn’t scare you hoarders away just yet. What if you’ve noticed some of these warning signs? Is there a solution? Of course there is. There’s no need to stress because you can easily get over this little love affair with stuff. How can you break free from your stuff?
Sell your crap for money.
This is the most obvious solution to dealing with stuff. Since there’s a monetary value behind all of our stuff it makes it difficult to just throw it out. Instead of throwing it out, you can always sell it. As they say, “one man’s trash is is another man’s treasure.” There are many theories and techniques on the Internet when it comes to selling stuff. Mine is simple.
Go on Kijiji, put up an ad, and wait for the responses. If you don’t get any then re-post the ad on a few other similar sites. I’ve always found success with selling my stuff on Kijiji. Just throw something on there RIGHT NOW and see what happens.
Done your stuff to charity.
If you can’t sell your stuff or just can’t get rid of it, then you can always donate it to charity. This is what I started doing with my clothes. I purge my wardrobe every few months. As time goes on, my style changes and as does my size. I work out often so I have plenty of clothes that doesn’t fit. I either give it to my friends or donate it to charity. Clothing is meant to be worn. Not sit in a closet.
Try to experience something cool.
I find that one of the main reasons that we all spend so much of our money and time on stuff is that we don’t know what it’s like to spend money and time on cool experiences. In the last few years I started to go on more trips, look for more unique experiences, and experience more in life. Before I started spending my money on experiences I would just random buy arbitrary crap. When I started to travel I learned that there was so much more to life.
At the end of the day, it’s perfectly normal to be a hoarder. The good news is that you can break free of this habit easily!
Are you ready to break free from your stuff? Let this year be the year where you become clutter free.