Via the Minimalists… http://www.theminimalists.com
Too often we cling to the things we own “just in case” we might need them someday.
Of course, “someday” rarely arrives, and yet we continue to clutch tightly to the excess in our basements, attics, closets, junk drawers, and storage facilities—just in case.
Just. In. Case. The three most dangerous words in the English language. They encourage us to stockpile our junk as if it’s essential.
In reality, though, we can give ourselves permission to jettison the junk because we can replace nearly all of our just-in-case items for less than $20 in less than 20 minutes with the 20/20 Rule.
However, there are a few things we’re certain we’ll use in a definitive future. We call these belongings “just-for-when items.”
Nobody purchases their toilet paper one square at a time, their soap one droplet at a time, their toothpaste one nurdle at a time. We purchase a small stock of each of these products just for whenwe’ll need them.
The key to letting go, then, is to be honest about the trinkets we’re clinging to “just in case” we mightneed them and the goods we acquire “just for when” we will need them. If we do this properly, our excess begins to look a lot like junk, and it’s easier to unload.
This post comes at a great time because since we are moving I have been donating so many items and just stuff that I can hardly believe it. It’s all just stuff in the end. Don’t get me wrong – I am keeping some items to be placed in storage for a short period until we figure out what exactly we are doing and where we will be living. But, a lot of items (and I mean a lot) are being donated and/or given away. We have dwindled down to being close to minimalists, but still have a ways to go yet, I feel that sometime in the future we will definitely be minimalists permanently because they are just things that you can’t take with you and I would rather have more experiences than stuff.
It does feel good to get rid of it all and not have so much stuff.
Happy Weekend Angels!!
Always with Light and Love.