Yes I sometimes watch American Pickers. I think Mike and Frank are funny.
And I rather enjoy the trips they are on and the people they meet and yes even some of the stuff they find.
If you have seen the show you know that they usually end up at someones place where there is a ton of stuff.
These people started out as “collectors” and it just kept going and going and going. Some of the places they go to are barns or warehouses full to the rafters with stuff.
What the hell are these people going to do with it all?
What is also interesting is that despite have all of these items, folks are a little reluctant to part with some of it. They are being offered cold hard cash but they would rather hang onto the items.
I certainly understand having an attachment to some things. I have two antique steamer trunks that my great-grandparents used in their travels. And they probably pre-date them. It makes me feel tied to my past and I like that.
But these folks have this stuff laying around in a barn or out building or warehouse and still won’t part with it.
So on the show that I watched today the gentleman said,
“The point is not to have the most toys. The point is to actually have stuff you enjoy using and that get to play with”
If you like something and it is beautiful, then by all means have it.
If you actually use an item, then of course you should have it on hand for when you need it.
But just having stuff that is packed away for the sake of holding onto it does not make a lot of sense to me. That’s just me.
I am not perfect. I have some clutter hanging around that needs to get gone.
I have too much in the way of clothing. I am a simple jeans and t-shirt kind of guy. So why in the hell do I have 20 button up shirts?? I am sure three or four would be enough.
Sorry, I digress.
Here are some benefits of being clutter free and getting rid of some of your stuff.
- Life feels better when you live in uncluttered space.
- Having fewer possessions means easier cleaning and less maintenance, which means more free time.
- If you sell your possessions, you can make some extra money.
- If you donate or give away your possessions, you give them life with someone who needs them.
- You create space to breathe, to create, to contemplate, to read, to relax.
- Eventually you could move to a smaller space, saving you tons of money.
My senior citizen neighbors hold regular yard sales. Just last Saturday he told me they made over 200.00$! Not too shabby.
Living a minimalist lifestyle is whatever you need or want it to be for you. I happen to enjoy clutter free living and having minimal possessions. I like the open space.
You may choose a different form of minimalist living and that is okay.
But I think we can all see that less is indeed more when it comes to possessions.
So do you have items you know you should part with but can’t seem to?
What room in your place needs a serious decluttering?
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Thanks and have an awesome day. I know I am!