Well, to start, have you ever seen hoarders? This isn’t a joke. Hoarding is a disorder. This happens when someone is persistent in keeping items, even rubbish.
This disorder is very serious and it’s no wonder that many people in North America suffer with it. We have been told, time and time again, that we need material items; we need a new TV, we need a new shirt, we need the newest IPhone. The fact is, we don’t need those things and I’m going to tell you why.
When it comes down to it, the things in life we need are water, food, shelter, safety and love. The things we want in life are completely different and we need to realize that language means something here.
A few years ago I realized that I had many things that I didn’t even use. Why was I keeping them? As I mentioned in a previous post, I wasn’t even moving them around with me, I was keeping them at my Mother’s house. I started going through the boxes when I returned to Canada and I had completely forgotten I had some of the items. I hadn’t used them in so long, I forgot they existed! To me, this was ridiculous.
This is when I said enough is enough and I made four boxes; keep, discard, recycle, and donate. In the end, I kept four full boxes. This past summer, I made that amount smaller. I now have two full boxes.
I do have my day to day items in my house and these things would fill more than two boxes. However, I am very cognizant of everything I possess. I don’t forget about things. What’s the point in having something if you don’t remember it’s there? I purge often to reduce the amount of clutter in my home and in my life. A good rule to follow; if you haven’t used it in the last year, get rid of it! If you have been surviving without it, it’s probably not that important.
In life, we (and I remind myself often) need to remember that instead of collecting things, we should be collecting experiences and relationships. Those are the things that make this thing we call life so special.