Tuesday, March 16, 2010

my struggle with stuff

I've long been attached to my stuff. Cardo likes to tease me because I still have some things from the time I was in high school (and, um, from before). I have weeded out tons and tons of stuff from my possessions and yet I own more. My somewhat mindless collecting of stuff began before I became an adult. I didn't mean to mindlessly acquire, but it happened. I'm a person who can pack up a box during one move and not unpack it for three more moves and never miss what's in the box. I probably don't even remember what is in the box.

I've worked diligently to declutter my life, although it doesn't really look like it. For several years now, I've given a lot more thought to my purchases: Do I need this? [Most likely not.] Is it worth spending the money on? [Probably not.] Is it worth the amount of hours I have worked to earn the money (or, the amount of hours Cardo has worked to earn the money)? [Probably not.]

I've greatly reduced my consumption of stuff (um, I'm really not including books in this category of stuff -- I love and value my books and I've become much better about checking books out from the library instead of buying them immediately). However, we still manage to collect more...stuff. I myself am definitely a work in progress.

I'm trying to see my things as such: things, not little bits of myself or something like that. I don't need to have a bunch of junk surrounding me. It doesn't make me feel better. In fact, it makes me feel worse. When I look around at all of the junk we have accumulated and have yet to return to Goodwill or Savers (where we most likely bought it in the first place), I become anxious.

Anyhow, this brief bit of introspection was inspired by this short video clip:

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Annie Leonard
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As soon as the local library website is once again working, I'll be adding The Story of Stuff to my library holds list.


Kat said...

I like this idea. I have a lot of stuff in boxes too. Maybe I will work on getting it out and making sure I really love it enough to pack around.

Good stuff V, as usual ;)

v said...

Thanks, Ms Kat.

I'm down to one box of knicknacks and whatnot. I'm not sure I'll ever get rid of it. I do still have tons and tons of boxes of papers and school- and teaching-related STUFF.