Comedian George Carlin Was Right About Stuff.

Jul 2, 2014

Stuff Stored in BinsThere is a whole industry based on keeping an eye on your stuff.  Has it ever struck you – the absurdity of paying money to store a bunch of stuff that likely doesn’t have the value of the rent you pay?  Likely, the stuff that gives you the most grief is all your stuff at home. I suggest you consider systematically parting with some of it. Here’s how:

  1. Pretend you are moving.
    Have you moved in the last 5 years?  If you have then you know why this step is so important. It’s a new years miracle how when we have to move we find the strength to purge. Why take on the stress of a move? Pretend you are moving and ask yourself if you would take it with you? Be honest! If you have boxes of books in the garage I would venture to say that you don’t need them. Donate those extra books to the library so that others can enjoy them plus, you have the added benefit of borrow them if you decide you want to read them again. How many Tupperware containers, spatulas, pots and pans do you really need?
  2. Keep only what you love.
    Focus on keeping things that make you happy, feel great, and ones that you use regularly. Get rid of those bigger clothes – make the commitment that you will stay this size or smaller. Donate the vase you use once every 2 years, keep the one you use weekly.
  3. Institute a two-year rule.
    If you haven’t used it in 2 years it’s time part with it.  This really applies to clothes. For women this is so hard for us to do. A simple trick is to turn all your hangers the wrong way then, when you wear and put them back, put them back the right way.  After 6 months of doing this, you can feel confident in donating the cloths that are still in the closet backwards.
  4. Recognize the benefits of less, watch George Carlin’s skit.
    Less stuff means you have more time. With less stuff, there is less to clean, organize, dust, protect, and worry about. With less stuff your house looks uncluttered and cleaner.
  5. Sentimentality will bury you in stuff.
    Of course it is nice to keep things that have memories attached to them.  Do you really need your high school prom dress? All of your grown kid’s toys and artwork? Consider parting with things, which even if you lived to the ripe old age of 100, would only be donated by your children upon your passing. Keep one to pass on to the next generation and donate the rest.

Last October, right around my birthday, there was this weird incident where I was not at home and we thought our house was being burgled (it wasn’t). While I would have missed some of my stuff, the ONLY thing I was worried about was my dog Kingsley and that he was ok, everything else would have just been stuff. Need some encouragement to part with some of your stuff? Listen to the Carlin skit and you will realize how ridiculous our human hoarding habits are. Watch the full skit. It will motivate you to simplify. Please be forewarned that there is cursing in the video but I suggest you plug your ears through it if you are so incline.

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