Until I have to go somewhere. That’s when I realize how much my life revolves around stuff: having stuff, getting more stuff, fitting stuff in a suitcase small enough to fit in the overhead bin.
Getting packed for a lengthy trip makes me realize two things:
1) I can live without most of my stuff for two or three weeks. Ergo: I don’t need all this stuff.
2) There is a lot of small clutter in my life that takes up space in my suitcase. How much time am I spending each day on clutter?
Years ago I flew home at Christmas to see my parents. They lived in New York; I lived in Chicago at the time. In Chicago I was bumped onto a later flight. My two suitcases, already on the first plane, flew ahead of me. I was assured that in New York they would be safe until I arrived.
You already know what happened: when I arrived in New York, one of my suitcases had gone to visit someone else. It was the one we had nicknamed “Gigantor” – except that I think the real Gigantor had wheels, or rocket jets or something. Mine had to be carried. I never found out who carried Gigantor away, but I am sure that they imagined it was full of expensive gifts. The theives must have been disappointed when they cut the lock off: the only thing inside was my entire KMart wardrobe. (I was poor.)
I never got Gigantor back. I got a check from the airline, bought some new stuff, and went on with life.
Now, all these years later, do I remember anything specific that was in that suitcase? No.
Moral: Stuff is replaceable.
Application: Don’t keep stuff around, thinking that you’ll one day need it. You won’t. And even if you do, you’ll go out and buy a new one.
How to Eliminate Clutter and Minimalize Your Stress
I am an organized person. Not a neat-freak, but I dislike clutter. Even so, it accumulates. My living space, however, is fairly spartan. How do I manage this?
My De-cluttering System: More