What Do I REALLY Need In My Life?

How much stuff do we all really need? Other than a roof over my head, some food on the table, clothes on my back, some means of transportation, some of my books, and a computer so I can do my job – what else is truly necessary? Somehow in the 15 years since college, I have managed to accumulate a household full of “things”, some of which have not been used in a very long time. And while I do not collect anything and live pretty minimally, there still seems to be an abundance of items I could probably get rid of and not miss at all. In the grand scheme, do I really need these things? Cookware I never use, books I never read and never will, random stuff held up with magnets on bulletin boards, extra computer parts, chairs I never sit in, a junk drawer full of, well, junk, files I should have digitized already, frames with no pictures in them – the list goes on and on. I am not sure I do need them anymore, and I plan on doing something about it.

I want to start getting rid of this stuff this week.

As you guys probably know from reading this site, I already do my best to live clutter-free. And while this stuff is not necessarily clutter in the truest sense of the word, it is “extra” to my life – and not necessary. So I am going to do my best to walk around my house looking for 10 things I can get rid of each week. I will do my best to document these purge trips every week, whether the stuff goes to the landfill, the recycling bin, the consignment shop or Goodwill. Enough is enough – even without being surrounded by clutter I am feeling overwhelmed by having a household full of stuff. I know I would be perfectly happy in a tiny house living a simple life with just the cat, a laptop, my iPhone and a few books – but I don’t plan on going that extreme yet. One step at a time! But I do think it is time to reevaluate the things I do have and whether or not they add any value to my existence. And if they don’t, then out the door they go. Ever done anything like this? If so, I could use some tips!

Wish me luck! 🙂

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