Are You Serving Your Stuff?
Well, folks. It’s spring. So, what does that mean in the Binderim household? That means that I go through every nook and cranny of our house and get rid of anything that we don’t use or haven’t used in the past year. It’s 100% my favorite thing to do – but only when I’m in the mood for it. If I’m not in the mood, then it’s the worst. Anyways, I get this way about twice a year when I’m ready for a change and to just dump stuff off at the local thrift store.
One of the two rare occasions a year happened this weekend and am I so happy it did! My house looks like a completely new house. There no longer piles and piles of invitations on our fridge for wedding and occasions that have occurred throughout the year, I’ve reorganized just about every surface in the house to better suit our lifestyles. I don’t know about you, but it’s one of the most freeing things to me! Maybe that’s why I love minimalism so much. I just love getting rid of stuff that doesn’t serve its purpose. If it sits around and doesn’t make me smile, I don’t use it, and it just collects dust – I toss that sucker out faster than you can believe.
Now, I know the thought of getting rid of stuff scares people. But, I’m here to tell you that it’s not scary if you decide to look at it this way –
You are buying stuff and keeping it with hours of your time. Think about it – you go to work – giving your time to money. Then you take that money and buy stuff with it. Therefore its hours of your life you bought that thing with.
Using this mentality – I have a much easier time knowing if I truly need that item or if I just want it because it’s cute. This also helps when it comes to saving every penny we have to put towards student debt!
I feel a million pounds lighter and I even look for more stuff that I can get rid of after I drop off everything for donation. I think a transition from this mentality into a tiny home would be a cinch for me. Dontcha think?
Anyways – here are some key things I ask myself when I’m getting rid of stuff:
1.Do I use it often?
If you use this item often – then keep it! It looks like you’re getting your worth out of it. But, once it starts to sit in a corner and collect dust, or if you use it so much it breaks, simply toss it and buy a brand new one.
2. Do I need it?
Now, this is a bit of a tougher question because there’s big differences in want and need. Want is something that you would like to be in possession of but don’t need it to survive. While need is something that you require to maintain health and life. Given this perspective, as human beings, we really only need water, food, basic clothing, and shelter. But, let’s not get too crazy here and go overboard! Ask yourself if you need this – if you can quickly say no, chances are you wouldn’t bat an eye if it was gone.
3. Is it broken?
I don’t know why I keep old electronics, but this is a big one. We currently have two laptops that hardly function but it’s hard to get rid of them. Maybe because of sentimental attachment? Maybe it’s because we have to go the extra mile and wipe all of our old information off of it? That second option is the likely option. But, if it’s broken – get rid of it. It’s taking up valuable space in your closet, shelf, or wherever it is you put your broken junk. If anything, get rid of it and replace it with a brand new functioning one!
4. Does it make me happy?
There’s stuff in my house, even today – that makes me think to myself, “why do I have this?” because I’m emotionally attached to it but I don’t like the way it looks (and never have!) How crazy is that? If it means that much to you, take a picture of it. You’ll always have that memory but you don’t have to make space in your home for it!
Use this list to break down the true meaning of why you’re keeping that item. Usually it’s for sentimental reasons. So, remember you can always take a picture of the item and remember the item that way. Don’t keep something in your house that you dust off and never use. That’s you serving stuff. Think of all the time you’ll get back with not having to clean and be aware of the items that you buy because you’re buying it with hours of your life. Yikes!
Happy throwing stuff away!