I moved recently. I moved from my parents’ house to a home with three roommates, where we are responsible for furnishing our own place.
It’s going great. We came with a lot of what we need. We’ve been able to shop thrift stores, Craigslist, and hand-me-downs for the rest. We’re pretty frugal and we don’t want a cluttered home.
Before I moved, I started taking inventory of all my things. All. Of. Them. It’s a big task! When it comes down to actually itemizing all your books, clothes, and little trinkets, you need a lot of time. I haven’t finished the project.
My goals was to have an inventory before I moved, so I could keep an hawk’s eye on the stuff I accumulate after. With more space to fill, I’ve been purchasing more than I usually do – kitchen stuff, coasters, picture frames.
I reread Mr Money Mustache’s Recovering from the Pack Rat Years and it made me realize that I’ll probably accumulate many more things while living here if I’m not careful. MMM’s makes great points about owning things:
A Lifetime Burden – rather than think about the immediate pleasure of buying something, thing about the lifetime of owning the object. Moving, cleaning, and repairing it, as well as putting it somewhere forever or until it moves to a landfill forever….
Some Objects Actually Simplify Life – for example, a smartphone instead of a phone and separate GPS system. Investing in double- or triple-duty items may be worthwhile.
Never Go Shopping – I love this one. Avoid temptation, don’t make buying stuff a leisure activity, and when you need something search for it and it alone.
Preventing Works Better Than Purging – regular purging helps to keep a handle on the things that creep life. But it’s definitely better to never own them in the first place. Say no to free stuff, think over purchases, keep an inventory. It takes effort because things are so plentiful in the U.S., and it flies in the face of our cultural demands to buy more, bigger, and better stuff. But it is so much simpler and in my experience, happier.
Thanks for reading!