You’ve heard the term “you can’t take it with you when you die”, right? In relation to all of our STUFF. It’s true. Once you’re a “goner”, what do our possessions really matter?
Accumulating “stuff” is almost as American as baseball and apple pie. And it’s getting easier than ever with all of the online shopping services. Stuff is literally at our fingertips and sometimes less than a day away from delivery (hello, it IS Amazon Prime Day when I’m hitting “publish” on this post!).
But at the end of our days, what do possessions really matter? Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy things and admittedly, I especially like nice things. I love filling both mine and my clients’ homes with beautiful furnishings, art and accessories. So I’m definitely not opposed to owning stuff! I truly believe your surroundings impact your mood – for better or worse.
When you are shopping, are you being intentional? Or are you just busy
cluttering collecting? Do you LOVE the items surrounding you? Or are you just gathering them? Why?
Really. Ask yourself WHY?
Is there a benefit to owning this item?
Could you spend your money or time experiencing something instead? Travel? Time with friends? Time alone? Time exercising for your health? Studying a new topic? Learning a new language? Creating something?
Our possessions do not define us. They cannot make us happy or fulfilled or satisfied or joyful.
What is going to happen to all of your STUFF when you are no longer around or able to take care of it? Do you wish for your friends or family to have to go through it all? And what will they do with it? More than likely, they’ll toss most of it in a dumpster. Probably keeping only a sentimental item or two. (If that sounds harsh, you may not want to ask me to be the one to lead that project of yours – haha.)
At the end of the day, it is just stuff. If you were to lose it all, but still have your health and those you love, would you be okay? Yah, I know, you wouldn’t choose that path, nor would I wish it upon you. But examine your heart in that extreme scenario. Maybe go purge a closet – or four – and I mean seriously edit your items in those closets. Give the stuff away to people who NEED it. And then assess how you’re feeling after you’ve rid yourself of some of your possessions.
I hope you feel lighter, less burdened, and more excited to continue to only keep on hand the stuff that TRULY makes you happier to have it around.