My Relationship with Stuff

There isn’t a better feeling than starting the new year by going through my closet and drawers cleaning out the stuff I no longer want. Clearing out my living space always feels like a magical solution to starting the new year fresh and with a clear mind.

Recently Netflix released Tidying up with Marie Kondo, a series that focuses on how to organize your life and get rid of items that do not bring you joy following traditional Japanese organizational methods.

This show really started to inspire me about the unhealthy relationship I have with stuff in my life. Usually my common solution is to pack things in my plastic bins and store them for my future self to deal with. I sometimes find myself guilty of the “out of sight out of mind” mentality.

One summer after my freshman year of college I decided to rent out a storage unit to store my college stuff while I went to live in Southern California with my grandma. I rented a storage space for $79 per month for a short three months. When I returned to school I had to clean out the unit and I found that almost 75% of what was in there I would rather get rid of than bring into my new dorm room. I was literally paying money to store a bunch of stuff I wanted to get rid of anyway.

In Tidying up with Marie Kondo, Marie suggests to clear items out of your life  by going through them one by one and ask yourself “does this item bring me joy”. If the answer is no then it is time to part from that item. I found that by following Marie’s advice it influenced me to part from those items I was holding onto for no reason. Holding onto stuff from high school did not make me any happier.  

I also took this advice and applied it to my shopping habits. If I’m not going to use the item long term than what is the point in bringing it into my home? Spending money on things that I know will bring me joy has helped me save money and fill my house with things that I truly love. Overall I have been feeling happier by making the choice to buy where it matters.

I cannot wait to share my #BetterBuying tips and buying resolutions for 2019 in my upcoming post! If you have any tips or questions about clearing out your life or buying better in 2019, please leave it in the comments below and I will try to address it in my future post!