If you are like me you frequently find yourself looking for the next great thing that will finally begin organizing your life. Specifically, organize all the stuff in your life.
With a tip of the hat to my fellow bloggers Joshua Fields Millburn of The Minimalists and Julie Walraven of Design Resumes, I’d like to suggest that the reason we are always trying to better organize ourselves is because we simply have too much crap in our possession.
We live in a consumerist society, which inundates us daily with the latest and greatest must have. Just last week it was the new iPhone. I saw people standing in line at 7:45 AM at an AT&T store just to get one of these babies.
Really? Is your old phone so bad that you need to wait in line? Or is it a status thing?
I think it is the latter. “Look what I got!” we can say to our friends. What do we get out of that? Two minutes of enjoyment as they ogle our new toy and then two-years of monthly payments.
I say no.
We made a commitment about six months ago in my household to stop. To stop buying things just because they are cool or new or everyone else has them.
Now when we decide there is something that we absolutely need, we are fine with bringing it into the house as long as something else gets donated or trashed.
Using this method my wife and I have whittled our clothing down from three closets to one. What a novel concept; having your clothing fit in one closet!
And all those other clothes, they are now helping other folks in need instead of taking up closet space.
We still have a ways to go but we have a plan. We are moving in the next couple of months and are going to implement a process I read about from Joshua Fields Millburn for getting rid of the unnecessary.
No I won’t tell you that process right now; what would I have to write about next month?!