Is all that “stuff” necessary!

downsizingLiving in smaller spaces. Purging.  This is my husband’s and my goal and we are slowing transitioning.  The time has come.  We realize that we don’t need all of this space and all of this STUFF to be happy.

Society is all about getting more.  There are gadgets and potions for everything imaginable in our world.  When you think back just 60 years ago there wasn’t nearly the “stuff” available to make living this life as easy and convenient.  When advertising shifted from offering answers to real problems to providing solutions to false problems that is when society started to accumulate.

Society today is all about owning possessions.  A huge percentage of households in this world are in debt as far as they can cope and beyond, trying to accumulate possessions.  In the end are they any happier or just more stressed from the debt.

As we go through the downsizing and purging of “stuff” we realize that there is joy in living with less.  We have a long way to go to get to the downsized place we are aiming for but we will get there.

I use to be a consummate shopper.  Now, with my physical limitations living with Multiple Sclerosis I’ve definitely slowed down with the shopping and gathering of “stuff”.  I realize that I don’t need possessions to make myself whole.  There are more important facets of life that have come to the surface.  “Keeping up with the Jone’s” is not part of the big picture.

Living with less stuff allows one to focus more on spiritual and personal growth.  Living with debt to surround oneself with possessions, to me, is a recipe for unhappiness and stress.

Surround yourself with things that serve a definite purpose in your life or with things that bring you joy.  Everything else needs to be purged.

We are not minimalists but are leaning into that way of life more so now than in the past.  If you look up what “minimalism” is you will find different definitions but the one I like is this.  “Minimalism is a lifestyle that helps people question what things add value to their lives.  By clearing clutter from life’s path, we can all make room for the most important aspects of life: health, relationships, passion, growth and contribution.”

Minimalism is different for everybody but when you embrace the concept, you embrace a life with more freedom.

Get rid of the clutter and regain control of what is truly important.

“As you get older you find out that true happiness is not in how much you make or how many degrees you have or how big your house is or how fancy your car is.  It’s finding peace and joy and a calmness in your life that will soon become the most important thing to you.  Your family are what matters to you.  Things that are of quality, not of quantity.” – Unknown




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