Oh no, not my stuff-mastering downsizing

Stuff. We all have it. That stuff that your parents gave you when you last visited them because they thought you would want it one day, or the stuff that you thought that you would need when Amazon had their last Prime Day sale. We are a society that has become so obsessed with stuff it seems as though that we have to have something just because it’s there. Well, my husband and I were one of those people-or we are trying hard not to be anymore. We lost single thing that we had in a fire back in January 2003, besides a few things that were found buried under some rubble and the clothes that we had on our backs, that was it. After this is when our obsession with “stuff” became worse.

We aren’t hoarders but, we have hoarder tendencies. Over the years, I had become obsessed with buying clothes, and we kept stuff just because or “just in case” we may need it again. When we moved to Hawaii, we got rid of quite a bit of stuff and it fit nicely into our 700 square foot apartment. When we moved to North Carolina, our home was twice as big so we felt that we needed to fill it up because we had come from such a small space. That’s when the Amazon obsession began. Let me tell you that an Amazon obsession can be bad. We didn’t have it quite as bad as some people-but we loved ordering things online then getting them in the mail a few days later. It was like Christmas at least once a week or more!

Earlier this year, Aaron hinted that he was interested in living in a much smaller space. And this smaller space was an RV. If you have been living under a rock, and you don’t know what an RV is, it stands for recreational vehicle. Honestly, I thought he was just being crazy. But, we do love to travel and most if not all of our best and most favorite memories has involved us traveling somewhere. I was hesitant because I had never heard of such a crazy idea like this before! Yeah, it took some time but I finally succumbed to the idea of living in a tiny house on four wheels. Take a look around on the web and there are tons of people living in RV’s-most of them our age or even younger. Who wants to wait until retirement to see the world?

So back to the downsizing issue, well, when you have accumulated stuff in and around your house, you don’t want to let go of it. You feel a sentimental attachment to things, even if you haven’t even touched them for weeks, months, even years. First, I thought if we got rid of stuff, it would feel empty so we would want to replace it with more stuff. How crazy!

Well, I’m here to say that it’s not that hard to let go of all of that “junk”-in fact, it’s relieving!

I can’t stress enough how  much of a relief it was to pick something up and just toss it.  It almost feels like you’re coming up for air, and all of these “things” are being lifted off of your body and you are able to breathe again.  We have donated so many things to the on-post thrift shop, sit things out on the curb so someone could enjoy them, and also started a “sell” pile to try make a little money to add to our travel fund.  We’d so much rather see the world than add another knick-knack that will sit and collect dust to the shelf.  So before you start adding items to your Amazon cart, or think you need 3 more pairs of jeans ask yourself, is this going to bring me pleasure and happiness 5 years from now?  Will I enjoy it just as much next month as I do now?  For now, I will leave you with this quote from Linda Breen Pierce:

“Simplicity involves unburdening your life, and living more lightly with fewer distractions that interfere with a high quality life, as defined uniquely by each individual.”

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Ashley Welton View All →

Freelance Graphic Designer based in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. I enjoy creating digital art, illustrations and photography. I also enjoy hiking, birding, cooking, reading, traveling and a nice bourbon or two.

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