Why I Got Rid of a Lot of My "Stuff"

Minimalism is a word that is getting a lot of attention these days. When I first formally heard the term, I'm pretty sure I was in a music history class (think Philip Glass), which is completely unrelated to what I am about to talk about now.

I thought I would give my few cents on the topic of minimalism, since one of my resolutions was to lead a more minimalistic lifestyle. As you probably know, I strive to lead an intentional and simple life, and I think that decluttering and having less makes life feel purposeful. 

There's a certain satisfaction I feel when I can finally let go of something that is just taking up space - things I haven't used in years or things I may not have even liked in the first place! There were a few items that held a certain sentimental value, but I was even able to rationally say goodbye to some of them (digital cameras and scanners are wonderful things!).  Some of my best years were spent when I could only have two suitcases full of the things I needed.

Don't worry, I'm not trying to tell anyone to get rid of their sentimental items - it's just my own personal choice. It's a continuing process.

Here are a few reasons I think that less is more:

Why I got rid of almost half of my stuff.

Save Money

Well clearly since you are content with your needs, there is nothing compelling you to buy as much as your credit card or bank account will allow you to.

Save Time

When you have less "stuff," you tend to have more time. Think about it though:

Less Dishes = Less Dishwashing
Less Decor = Less Dusting (and less clutter)
Less Clothes = Less Laundry (not to mention less time getting dressed in the morning!)

Basically, you'll have more time to do things you enjoy (or more time to be productive!).

Have Quality Items

Since you will have less expenses, and less things to buy, you'll want to buy things that will stand the test of time. Things that won't break after just a few uses. Bonus: most of your items will also have more meaning to you personally because you actually use, love, and took the time to choose them!

Less Clutter to Occupy Your Space and Your Mind

When my surroundings are a mess, I find that my thoughts are also a mess. I can't be as creative, and I can't easily stay on task. Often, your surroundings reflect your state of mind.

Pack Less, Travel More

More money to spend on travel, less to put in your suitcase (goodbye overweight fees at the airport!).

Add Value to Your Life

Decluttering and simplifying is really just getting rid of the things you have that do not add value or joy to your life. I have experienced it myself: when I let go of items that are just "things," I felt so free of dead weight. Material things are not bad, neither is having a certain sentimental attachment to some of them - but I strive to store treasures in heaven (see Matthew 6:19-21).


What do you think of getting rid of useless or meaningless possessions? Would you get rid of half of your things?