Shouldn’t we eventually reach a point in life where we don’t need any more stuff?
Where we just replace broken or worn out items when needed, replenish disposable items such as toothpaste, and maybe buy the occasional technology upgrade, but other than that, there’s no need to keep buying stuff. Right?
Think about it.
When you first leave home and start in the adult world, you don’t have much. Your possessions likely fill just a dorm room or a bedroom in a house with roommates. You probably don’t have much furniture beyond the bedroom, you’re lacking kitchen supplies, and don’t have all the gear that comes with home ownership. You start out with a meager income as you go through college and entry-level jobs.
Growing Into It
Throughout your 20s your income hopefully grows and your living space grows too. You leave the dorm, maybe get your own place instead of living with roommates, or even buy your first house. Now you need the basics to furnish your home and make it functional: furniture, dishes, a toaster, vacuüm cleaner, lawn mower, etc. At some point you’ll also probably need a reliable car. You ideally purchase these things in increments as your income allows, and maybe get much of it from a wedding registry.But then shouldn’t you hit a point where you’re done? But why do we continue to buy things and accumulate stuff? Click To Tweet
But then shouldn’t you hit a point where you’re done?
You have a reliable car, a wardrobe for work and play, all the things needed to run a functional house, and some recreational items like a TV and books.
You’ve got everything you need! You really shouldn’t need to buy more things unless they need replenishing or replacing. The key word is “need.” The lawnmower breaks beyond repair, the shampoo bottle is empty.
But why do we continue to buy things and accumulate stuff?
We’re conditioned to believe that more is more. More things, newer things, the latest model, more options! It becomes this cycle where it’s never enough, we’re never content with what we have. Instead of one car we need two, and the latest model! We need a larger TV, a closet full of clothes, and that iPad is so last year! We constantly need to give ourselves and our homes a new look…new dishes, bedding, clothes, hair color. And then we need a bigger house to put it all in. It’s endless.
But you know what “more” is to me?
- More debt
- More bills
- More decisions
- More things to keep in working order
- More to clean around
- More years of work before I can retire
- More stress
- More anxiety and worry
- More time spent browsing, buying, assembling
- More sacrifice and shoving aside what I really want so that I can conform to what society has trained us to want. (Like feeling like I should have a closet full of clothes, when I’d really rather have a closet converted to a book nook.)
- More time spent maintaining an image, like at the hair or nail salon.
- More brain power and energy spent on comparing and desiring
- More of that feeling of never having enough, which really is more emptiness, loneliness, and feeling unfulfilled and unsatisfied. (Funny how now that I have much less, my life feels much more full!)
We spend our early adult years building our lives and gathering the essentials and some additional things we enjoy. We reach a point where we don’t need any more stuff. Yet we don’t stop.We reach a point where we don’t need any more stuff. Yet we don’t stop. Click To Tweet
It doesn’t have to be this way.
I’m stopping. I have everything I need. Even though I’ve gotten rid of many of my possessions, I still have much more than I need. I’m not going to keep adding to it. Life is so much more simple now and I have more time and energy for the things I really enjoy. Like curling up with a book in my reading nook!