I’m fairly sure I have got too much stuff in my life….
Stuff I bought that seemed a great idea at the time, stuff I imagined that I really needed and couldn’t manage without. I have even bought stuff because its ‘pretty’ or ‘cool’. Then there is stuff that other people bought me that I probably didn’t need (Sorry mum!)
I seem to forget the bare fact that I have managed thus far without it.
At the risk of alienating my entire family, I have always thought that (given the average spend on a gift)……If I needed it, I would already have bought it myself.
Now, I know that makes me sound like a real scrooge! But I am talking about freeing up time and cash here! People talk about de-cluttering, minimalising, and so on, but the answer is simpler than that.
Stop buyin the darn stuff in the first place and tell other people to stop buying it for you too!
There, I have said it….I’ll probably never get another birthday present again now! But do you know what, I am not sure that I am even that worried 😛
Half the stuff in our houses we could quite happily manage without so why acquire and accumulate it in the first place?
Here’s the thing. Why don’t we arrange to do something with those we want to spend time with instead, I’m sure that I’d rather do something more interesting than play with new toys……..I think!