....or why the heck can't I get rid of all this stuff.
Minimalism is becoming a big movement. Apparently it is a pushback against the gluttony and over consumerism of this country.
So why do people collect so many things? Well, first of all we are bombarded constantly with messages to buy, buy, buy. We are somehow made to feel guilty if we don't have the newest and the best. If we don't keep up with our neighbors, friends, and family members we somehow feel less than.
There is nothing wrong with having material items, but in excess they can take a toll on your wellbeing. I remember how McMansions became the norm, a status symbol of how well you were doing. Then the economy crashed and people began to realize that those huge houses with all of their possessions were becoming a burden. The children who were living in those big houses witnessed the toll it was taking on their parents. Now those children are growing up to become minimalists. They don't want the burden of all those possessions.
Minimalism is not only for the young. We can all learn something about having too many possessions, about those possessions owning us instead of the other way around. I am not sure I will ever be considered a minimalist. I like my cozy surroundings, but I do know that there are things I definitely need to get rid of. So I am working on it. I look around and each day I get rid of something, and you know what? I find that I really don't miss those things once they are gone.
So how about you? Do you feel that you can live with less than you have now? Is it difficult for you to part with your stuff? Do you think you could ever become a true minimalist?