Some people prefer to live with more; I prefer to live with less. Actually, a lot less than an average person. The amount of personal possession I own is so minimal that it might make you question my sanity. I assure you however that I am fine. I just greatly enjoy living a simple life and not carrying anything that I don’t absolutely need, including mental and emotional ‘baggage’.
Society teaches us that the more we have, the happier we are. As the result of this teaching, we spend our lives chasing happiness through the accumulation of material objects. But because true happiness isn’t found in external things, we are never truly satisfied. Yet, the pursuit is so addictive that many don’t realize—until on their death beds—that the true value of life doesn’t lay in material possessions.
We end up with our wardrobes stuffed with all kinds of clothes and shoes; our drawers and kitchen cabinets full of objects and tools that are rarely used; our desks piled with paper and documents that we “may need in the future”; and our garages and attics filled with cobweb-covered junk.
Is all of this extra weight really needed?
The things that we own that don’t add value to our life only drain our emotional, mental, and physical energy and resources. Unnecessary material possessions not only clutter our home but also our dome (head/mind).
Ask yourself this question: “How much value do the things that I own really add to my life?”
It’s time to examine each item that you own carefully, evaluate the contribution it makes to the quality of your life, and decide whether it is absolutely needed.
Begin by taking down all of the objects from the flat surfaces of your home, like desks, tables, and counters. Put everything on the floor and upon assessing the value/necessity of each item, either set it back where it was or put into a box to be sold or donated. Then go through all of your closets, cabinets, and drawers following the same process.
Once you have cleared your physical space of what you don’t need, you will have purified your mental space also. You will find that disowning your possessions is very liberating; that the less stuff you own, the less stuff owns you.
By letting go of what adds little to no value to our life, we make room for what’s meaningful and essential. Less truly is more. Once you release the “dead weight”, you will experience it for yourself.