If we get real honest with ourselves, many times there are deeper, internal reasons why we hold onto stuff:
Most of us may sense there is a deeper reasoning to why we hold onto or accumulate stuff. But unless we are willing to dig deeper and identify the things holding us captive, getting free from the power of stuff is a long hard climb.
For me it came down to asking myself this one key question?
If the answer does not fit into the following two criteria – “Is It Used Right Now?” OR “Is It Truly Sentimental?” – Then it’s time to dig deeper.
For instance: For years I have held onto a lot of books. Now, you have to understand that I have always been a bit of a bookworm and I love the feel of a real book in my hands.
However, the reality is, once I read the book I rarely, if ever, re-read it. Yet my bookshelves were groaning with the weight of their pages. The books were not “needed” or “sentimental.” The deeper reason I was holding onto them?
What IF (and it was a big IF) I wanted to read them again? What if I was missing something and didn’t know it?
Instead, I realized that I could bless a lot of other people with these same books that had brought me such hours of joy. I’ve kept a handful of books that I resource often or ones I plan to pass to my own girls. The rest have since been sent to various places where they can bless a lot more people than just me. The letting go was not necessarily easy, but it brought such freedom from simply holding onto something for the sake of holding on.
So now, each item in our home goes through the same process. Needed? Sentimental? Why?
I know there may be a lot more reasons as to why we hold onto stuff, but for me I found it is important to take these first steps and recognize what drives me to hold onto things. It’s a process.
Small steps over time can lead to big change.
I appreciate this quote from Joshua Becker because it helps to capture the essence of what happens when we let go of stuff, leaving room to embrace the things that really matter in life.
“Removing ourselves from the culture of consumption that surrounds us allows wonderful habits to emerge in our lives: contentment, gratitude, freedom from comparison, and the opportunity to pursue greater significance.” Joshua Becker
So, what area is the hardest for you to simplify? Or What has helped you overcome the power of stuff?
Keeping it Simple,