How To Identify If You Have Too Much "Stuff"

Bkono By Bkono, 17th Jun 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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The Power Of "Less Is More" - A guide on how to shuffle off the unnecessary things in your life

Knowing Where You Stand

We live in a world of "bigger is better", so it is easy to lose sight of everything we have surrounded ourselves with. For some, it is a physical "need" to hold on to everything they have ever been given, while for others it feels more like "well I might use that later".

The first step toward being able to let go, is identifying where you fit in the broad spectrum.

1. Are you a collector? Are the majority of your belongings of the same theme (vintage cameras, star wars memorabilia, comic books, movies etc)? If so, are you constantly finding yourself having trouble finding room in which to fit the latest and greatest item? Have you gotten to the point where you had to rent a storage unit or keep the majority of items in another location?

If you fall under this category, there are a few questions to consider that may help aide in leading a more clutter-less life.

What is your end goal with these items? Are you planning on selling them later for a profit? Are you hoping to display everything one day when you are in a bigger place? If they are sitting in a storage unit or boxed up in a closet, how often do you think about them?

Don't get me wrong, there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with being a collector, in fact it takes some serious dedication. All I am saying is that if you are not careful. you may find yourself bringing in items to gather dust, simply because it fits in with the "theme".

2. Do you find yourself in the "It might come in handy" mentality?

This pops up a lot when we are given something as a gift that we wouldn't necessarily use in our day to day life. In fact, they are often items that sit tucked away in a closet and forgotten about for years. How often have you had to move to a new place, or attempted to do a deep clean of your house, and you stumble across that cherry blossom body lotion that someone gave you. You don't really like the cherry blossom smell, but what if one day you are in desperate need of lotion and run out! Well, when and if that day comes, you will have smooth hands but hate the way you smell. Trust me, there's no winning there.

3. Have you become a hoarder?

This is a bit of a sensitive subject, as it can be an actual disorder in some. A compulsive hoarder is defined as "a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them". The mere thought of getting rid of something as mundane as a paper cup, can cause intense anxiety. This will often lead to such an immense amount of clutter in the home, that it is physically impossible to move about.

If you find yourself identifying in this category and would like to seek professional guidance, there are those that can help. One such place is:

Identifying Need VS Want

Most of us have what we would consider basic essentials. Things like a toothbrush and toothpaste, suitcase, bedding, the list goes on and on. Then there are the things that we wanted, such as the painting on the wall, or the action figure on our desk, again the list can go on and on.

As a species, we have an inherent need to accumulate. It could be a throw back to our "hunter/gatherer" days when we had to work day and night to get enough to survive. Now, we are living in a time where everything we could ever desire is at our fingertips. We find things online, we walk into a store and see something that sidetracks us, and even walk by a garage sale. We buy and receive so much, that we are left with moments of "oh I forgot I had this", only to put it right back where you found it. It could be years before you come across it again!

When it comes to want vs need, the lines can get a bit fuzzy. Perhaps you found yourself watching a demonstration on the "Fat Magnet" for your kitchen, so you never have to dab grease off of food ever again (yes this is a thing). If you are using this every day, then far be it for me to say anything. Just acknowledge that this item is a want, not a need.

Changing Your Perspective

Remember when you first ventured out on your own into a new place? You had everything you needed in your suitcase and you were ready for this new adventure. You walk into your new apartment and the first thing that runs through your mind is... what am I going to fill it with?

Over the years, we have gathered quite a few things, some of which can be worth some serious cash. Others we know may not be worth much, but carry more sentimental value. When going through the things that you own and deciding what goes and what stays, there are a few things you can have in the back of your mind that might help you make a decision.

1. You could be sitting on a lot of money, which could be used for that trip you have wanted, or the graduation gift you wish you could afford

2. You could be donating it to a family in need. There are so many people out there that scrimp and save to afford even the most basic of items. If you are finding things around your house you have never used, or lightly used and don't want anymore, imagine how that could brighten up someone's life!

3. Sometimes it is ok to re-gift. I know it's not looked highly upon, but let's face it, we all do it! Imagine all of the items that you received and never opened. So much money can be saved on birthdays and holidays by giving the item to someone who might actually use it. Just be careful that you are giving the right item to the right person, and aren't re-gifting to someone who would know where it came from!


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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
18th Jun 2015 (#)

Thank you for sharing your article. I do love collecting items but thank goodness I'm not a hoarder. One of the things I like to collect is marbles. I put them in glass jars. I think they are beautiful. I only have three jars of marbles but it is a collection. Smiles to you!

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
18th Jun 2015 (#)

I think I should have typed are in place of is. I type fast than I think. LOL

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