Do you really need that big house in the suburbs? If you expect visits from multiple children and grandchildren, for the few times they visit, wouldn’t it be more practical if they all stayed in a nearby hotel? Maybe a small apartment in a city where you can walk to the bank, the post office, cafes, restaurants, theaters and shops provides a better lifestyle.
How much of that stuff you have accumulated do you really need or want? How often do you use or even see it? Consider changes that reduce stress and expense, making more
time and money to follow your passion and enjoy life. There is no reason to live the same way you have been living for the past 40 years. You have to make your own decision, but make sure it is your decision and not just society or your past telling you what to do.
What about mementos, stuff that has sentimental value because it reminds you of a loved one or pleasant memories of my past? Much of it, if not monetarily valuable, is irreplaceable. Right? Your little league baseball glove, your Barbie Dolls, doilies your mother crocheted, your soccer trophy, your family photo albums. We can’t get rid of that stuff. I saw those things as the memories of life, but are they? How often do I look at that
Joshua Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus make an appealing argument by asking these questions? Do you need to keep your mother’s doily to remember her? Is it her old stuff that makes you remember her? Do you need the soccer trophy to remember that championship game? The answers are, “No.” Our memories are not material things. They are in our minds, and we don’t need stuff to remind us. Despite these persuasive points, I have not thrown away all of my mementos. I have thrown away some, but my mother’s crocheted bedspread that she worked on for 2 years when I was little? I just can’t throw or give that away! Those precious family photos: I am going to have those professionally scanned and copied to a disk that I can view on a computer––as soon as I get around to it.
I kept my Little League glove, convincing myself that I would use it for catching foul balls when I attend a game, but I continually consider how much stuff I really need to keep. How much clutter can each of us remove to simplify our lives and leave more time for living?
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