In recent years, I’ve done two major unclutterings and both times it was exhilarating to get rid of SO MUCH STUFF. (I’ve still got plenty of stuff, though!) I also came across a book that I really appreciate called “Debt-Free Living” by Anna Newell Jones.
All of these, individually and combined, have allowed me to hone my need-versus-want perspective on buying things. Honestly, I’ve purchased fewer items in many categories, including clothes, must-have fad items and fun things that really only get used for 2-5 days – for as long as the novelty lingers. I even purchase less food and mostly make healthier choices, to boot.
Items I’ve kept I really do like, most of which bring me joy. (Note the reference to Marie Kondo’s “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.”)
As I look around my apartment, I find that the bulk of the larger pieces I own are second hand, purchased mostly from garage sales and the like. The few exceptions include my 48” flat screen TV (2012), laptop (2015) and PC (2016), upgraded from an ’08 model that ran XP. Oh, and my fabulous pots and pans (2015) and VITAMIX (1996)!
My couches were purchased from a woman who’d used them to stage homes for sale. My kitchen table set (table, two leaves and four chairs) and office desk were purchased at a yard sale in 1995 for $25 each just after I moved from Chicago to LA. My “goddess meditation chair” (a cool brown and beige leopard print) was found abandoned on the street across from my home in 2011. My bed was purchased in 2003 through an online classifieds site at a previous job, with the mattress upgraded to new in 2012. My car is a 1997 that I purchased via that same classifieds site in 2002. There are certainly numerous smaller yard sale purchases around, too (exercise accessories and DVD’s, wall hangings, lamps, bookcase, coffee table, accent pillows, dress scarves, kitchen gadgets and cooking utensils, a Modern Danish credenza, etc.). Lastly, my piano, too, was purchased used in 2001.
My attention has turned toward other fun and more important pursuits. I now find the need to buy less inviting and the desire to save more enticing.
I’m becoming my own best version of “grown up,” and I find that satisfying.