Editors Note: Guest Post by Molly Nox
I’m tired of spending money on things I don’t need and throwing away lots of junk. Do you feel this way? Our society seems to tell us that more means better. Every holiday we are supposed to spend money on gadgets and goods we don’t really need. Gifting is an intrinsic aspect of so many occasions, yet getting rid of things tends to happen much less frequently. For me, I noticed I was only throwing things out when I moved or when I was overwhelmed by the endless cycle of re-organizing my ever-increasing collection of stuff.
After buying into this “buy more” philosophy for way too long, I realized I had so much stuff I didn’t want or need. It was time for a change. I needed to learn to love what I already owned. I was addicted to buying new things, and it needed to stop. Here’s what I told myself.
1. You Don’t Need Something That Doesn’t Benefit Anyone Else
If I’m going to purchase something that is going to sit on a shelf, then it is not worth it. My garage is filled with this type of stuff. I’m sure others are in desperate need of it, while I let it collect dust. There is something wrong with this. It is time to love what I already own and get more use out of it.
2. You Don’t Need Something That Causes Debt
The more I buy, the more debt I create. This is a constant problem among people in our society. I realized I needed to learn to love what I had so that I could be better off financially. Besides, all the best things in life come without a price tag.
3. You Don’t Need Anything That Makes You Want More
Have you ever purchased something and realized you need a few other items to go with it? I do this when I purchase a t-shirt or something to decorate my house. It’s hard to buy just one decoration when a few could help me create the look I’m going for. What if I tried to love what was already in my house? Maybe I would be more content, and I might stop looking to material possessions as an answer to solve my problems.
4. You Don’t Need Things That Make You Forget What’s Important
When you de-clutter your environment, you begin to realize what is truly important to you. Many times, possessions can cloud your judgment. The very act of deciding what things you can live without forces you to take a deeper look at your inner motivations.
5. You Don’t Need Possessions That Prevent You From Changing
Finally, I have realized that many times I purchase things because I am afraid of making important changes in my life. Sure, change is scary. But, I personally am ready to overcome my fear and learn to be happy with what I already have in terms of my possessions. Then, I can truly grow as a person.
Loving what you already have can be challenging. However, every time I remember these five things, it is easier for me to find contentment with my life. Loving what I already own has led me to a minimal, happier lifestyle.
Molly Nox is a freelance writer based in LA. She's a California dreamer with a penchant for sealing wax, the New York Times, origami, and dark roast coffee. Follow her on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/mollynox