It’s All Just “Stuff”


We take for granted that we have our stuff around us all the time. When the time arises that we must “make do” with less, we realize just how little we need of the stuff around us.

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For example, just the past week we started painting our house and had to move into the basement. Thankfully, we have a partial kitchen, living room area, bedroom and bath down there to hang out while the work is being done. But when thrown into this situation in just minutes, we scrambled to get some stuff we thought we would need downstairs. Food wasn’t even a priority as we could always pick up meals or eat whatever we could fit it our small refrigerator downstairs. So quickly, not knowing when I could go upstairs, I put the following into two shopping bags:

. a change of clothes

. a shower caddy with toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, etc.

. dog food and treats (Oh I forgot to mention she had to stay with us too!), a leash and poop bags

. electronics and chargers

. some towels

I’m sure we needed other stuff and, if need be, we could sneak upstairs and get it.

This reminds me of packing for a trip. Most people tend to overpack because we are afraid of being without something. So we take everything in reaching distance and hope that this time we will actually use most of it. Does it make you wonder if we are all spoiled?! What about people who live in a place as big as a closet with not much around them. Do you think they are thinking about their I pad, or if their Amazon Music is updated. No, they are not thinking about this at all.

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In retrospect we need to get a grip on the amount of stuff we have in our lives. Next time you decide to declutter, decide if someone wants this when you are dead or if you would grab it if you had to run out in an emergency. If it doesn’t make either of those, then you should think about decluttering and leaving less for the garbage down the road. So next time you are sitting there deciding whether to throw something out or not, think:

. Do I ever really use this?

. Would I take it in an emergency?

. Will anyone in my family find use for it?

If you have answered mostly “no’s”, you know what I am going to say. Let’s start to enjoy the daily parts of life that are important (love, family, friends) and place less importance on the “stuff” we will end up leaving behind.

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I would love to hear your thoughts about this.

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I am an elementary educator for over 24 years in grades K through 5. I have been freelance writing for a few years and hope to write a children's book as well as complete my first novel. Thank you for visiting my blog. I look forward to your comments and contributions. As I near retirement I commit myself to Health and Wellness to enhance my life.

14 thoughts on “It’s All Just “Stuff”

  1. such good ideas to really think about how much we keep
    and if you have not ever seen it – you really need to check out an old video with George Carlin talking about “stuff” – it fits right in with your post audit has some timeless fun

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  2. I am thinking about sorting through some of my stuff because I think we all accumulate things we don’t need (or even really want). I think when we have to live in different circumstances it really does focus the mind on what it is we need around us to continue on with our daily routine and what we hold dear. Thanks for this — it got me thinking about some changes I could make!

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  3. Such a timely post for me! We are about to move and the pile of things that we own intimidates me. I definitely need to declutter and downsize. As you’ve said, they are just all stuff. We should only really own the things that we need and make us happy. Thanks for sharing this!

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  4. We started a minimalist movement in our household a couple years ago. I will never go back to clutter! It’s scary at first, but then it becomes addicting almost. We started by putting everything we didn’t think we needed in a box for 3 months. If we didn’t need it during those 3 months, we took it to the Goodwill or gave it away. We are more content, have less anxiety, and save more money. Great post! Thanks for sharing!

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