A Rich Life With Less Stuff

garage-saleWe decided to have a garage sale this weekend. It’s that time a year, spring cleaning and get in all the old stuff out of the house and usually, into the garage.

But this year we realized the garage is so darn full, there is nowhere to put anything new. Hence the garage sale this weekend.

Going through all the stuff that we’ve accumulated in the last 20 years really made me realize the weight of it all. This may sound a little strange, but I’m serious. I feel weight of all the stuff on my shoulders. And I’m really looking forward to getting rid of all of it come this weekend.

I think it’s good to make me feel a lot lighter. Knowing that I’m not responsible for all this stuff. And not being faced with all the wasted money, time and any other kind of waste things I could come up with.

I mean some of this stuff is just really junk. Why ever bought it I have no idea. We literally have things still in boxes with their price tags on it.

I was thinking about just given them as Christmas gifts to someone else. But lately have been trying to do more crafts and do-it-yourself sort of things for Christmas gifts for all my relations. They seem to like it. Or they’re just polite liars, who knows?

But seriously, and that they can apply about the whole minimalist movement that’s going on. I like it. And I’ve kind of vowed to myself that I’m going to start taking up a lot of their battle cries.

I mean how much stuff do I really need? Were not rich, but were deathly not poor. Any amount of money that we spend on all this junk could be put into investments, the house, paying off our mortgage and car loans. Freeing ourselves from a lot of stress as well as just feeling so much lighter and better.

I watched a video that I’ll post here. It really made me think what life would be like with no responsibilities whatsoever other than my actual family. I mean things like mortgages, car loans, car pulls and all the other dumb little things that seem to accumulate once you get married and have kids.

What if I could just live on an island and enjoy the beach every morning, homeschool my children and give them a life that most people only dream about.

In the funniest part of the whole situation is, it’s far cheaper to live that way. They be not here in America, but most other places in the world you can get by with far far less than what we spend even not living on the beach.

I also ran across a blog, but I can’t find it now. It is about a family who did exactly that. They both work online and do some sort of online businesses. And they don’t even make that much. Just a few thousand dollars a month. But looking at the pictures of our life, I must say that right now I would gladly trade places.

Well not to drone on about all this, just made me think about how much stuff do I really need to have a happy life? It really does seem like not all that much. Especially after watching these videos. And reading that blog. Just one more thing to think about I guess.

Here’s another video that I thought was good. And I think it’s fitting to end this post with. Just give it a thought, it may change your life.

Anyone reading this living the minimalist’s life?

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