Sunday, August 22, 2010

changed my life, I'll tell you what

Yesterday Russell and I found an awesome blog. I don't ever know if I've ever seen one with such practical and applicable advice. One of the biggest of which is to simplify.

I mean: "Life's simpler when we have less stuff". yeah! I know that sounds like common sense but I don't know if I ever thought of it that way before! Or she told a story about how she and her husband got to a point in decorating/furnishing their apartment where they said, "that's good enough" and then mentally filed it away as "done". Wow, you mean you can be done?

It just hasn't really occurred to me in a real way that we really don't need more "stuff". The constant race to get more stuff is such a big part of mainstream culture that I haven't really even noticed it in my own mindset. But it's really refreshing to take a step back and evaluate what we really need or what we even really want. Because when it comes down to it, I really don't want more things that I don't have room or money for, even if they're half off or even free!

Up to now I've kind of written off all the anti-materialism things that I've seen online because they've been so extreme. You've probably seen it - people who give away everything they have, completely live off of organic renewable materials, or cut back to only have a total of 100 possessions (I mean, seriously people, socks are included in that count, individually.) But I'm starting to see that my life would be easier if I got rid of some of the non-essential things that are just cluttering up my closet, apartment, and life.

Anyway, Russell and I have gone through some things and come out with a couple boxes headed for DI. It's just a start, but it feels really good. I'm gonna keep this up.


1 comment:

Dean, Andrea, Tanner, and Landon said...

We ditched a TON of stuff recently too and it feels GREAT! And you know what!? We don't even miss it!