Things! Stuff! Junk! Contraptions!

Our lives are too full of things.  Don’t get me wrong.   They’re pretty things, they’re useful things, they’re entertaining things.  I love my iPhone as much as everyone else, possibly more.  But what kind of fulfillment comes from buying more things?  In my experience, not much.  The hole we’re trying to fill up with things won’t ever get full, because things are not what it’s all about.  And these changes have catapulted us into a new awareness this past few weeks—the things we own are not the source of our happiness.  That comes from somewhere else.

I have bought into the mindset that more things equals more happiness.

And my life shows it.  I am surrounded by THINGS!!!  Things that I now have to figure out what to do with.  Who NEEDS three sets of dishes, twenty-seven drinking glasses, thirteen coffee cups?  Why do we have all of this STUFFF?!?!?!?

This is me freaking out.

I just keep looking around me, and all I see are things which need to be packed, to be categorized: keep, sell, give away, store.  Everywhere my eye lands is another thing begging to be dealt with.

It’s making me crazy.

That is, more so than I already am.

 

What am I going to do with all this stuff?

I mean, I already know the answer to this question:  I’m going to pack it.  I’m going to store it.  But this is not about the stuff, at least not about the physical stuff.  It’s about what causes me to buy stuff, what do I think having more and more stuff is going to do for me?

Because this stuff isn’t serving me.  Being overwhelmed with too many things is not serving me.  Too much stuff is slavery.  I no longer want to be a slave to my stuff.  I have to figure out a new balance between how much is too much, and how much is useful and helpful.

I have a feeling our time in South Africa is going to be highly enlightening on this score.  I think I’ll come back with a whole new view on how necessary our stuff is.  I think I see massive garage sales in our future.

Because it’s not about the stuff.  It’s so much more than that.

8 thoughts on “Things! Stuff! Junk! Contraptions!

  1. I’m with ya on this… but you’ve got some pretty cool stuff!:)

  2. Delbert McClinton has a song called “Too Much Stuff” and George Carlin had a skit on “stuff”. I too have too much stuff and a lot of it is other people’s stuff!

  3. Luna, I like your style of writing. You and your husband are amazing people. You will be fine whatever direction you boat takes you, the wind will come from the right direction at a comfortable speed allowing you to navigate the world with ease. You are the light of the world. We are looking forward to your visit in South Africa and our community are ready to connect with you. We hope it will turn out to be an interesting and fun experience. Love & Peace. John Jacobs, Director: The Riviersonderend Community Foundation, Riviersonderend, South Africa

  4. Couldn’t agree more. It is so freeing to let go. I tell clients downsizing, take a picture of it and then set it free. Keep only the stuff that makes you smile when you see it and touch it.
    Doug used to call our house decoration/design “everything we’ve ever owned”. Then when we remodeled hardly any of the boxes of stuff came back in.

  5. Oh you said it well! Getting new cabinets in a few days and oh my the chit that has been taking up space in the old ones will not be moving back in to the new ones.

  6. But some of your best stuff is of your own creation. It’s a tangible expression of your inner beauty, despair, glee, gratitude, creativity and all that other mental stuff. Those are the things that are hardest for me to release. From the pictures, I’m guessing that might be hard for you too.

    • This made me smile so much! Thank you, my friend. I am blessed to have such great friends and so much love! Better than a thousand things. 🙂

  7. Great post !! My reflection on stuff ? I’m right there with you. And, having been through my parents downsizing (with me taking much of their stuff, because I like it), as I get older, I am trying hard to discard, and discard and so on and so on… One of my methods is, realizing how much I have enjoyed something, but when was the last time I used it ? And you’re right, more than one set of drinking glasses is ridiculous and unnecessary. I tend to keep stuff just because of it’s value (“Oh, but it’s an antique !”). Lately, I’ve been keeping stuff because I like the way I(t) feels,( ie a favorite chair, ) or because of it’s necessity (sofa: keep because I can sleep on IT as well as a bed, so then what do I do with my bed ??? ) The hard stuff is things I think are beautiful but not necessarily functional: The cobalt blue cut glass stemware, etc. Also, there is stuff I value even though I don’t use it (you know the TV in every room, even though there are rooms I don’t even go into ??)
    Again, if you try to do it all overnight, you will go crazy. One day at a time may not work for you right now because you don’t have lots of time before you go. Good luck and you’re in my prayers

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