We have a lot of ‘stuff’. Stuff we use, stuff we don’t use, stuff we like, stuff we hate. Stuff. It’s all around us, all the time.
There is a ‘minimalist’ movement going on. Basically, you get rid of everything bar the absolute essentials. And I mean, everything. People get rid of cars, furniture, clothes – all in an effort to simplify their lives and reap the benefits of ‘minimalist’ living.
I, personally, have too much of this stuff. We have doubles of some things, like coffee machines, mobile phones, couches even. Far too much for a family of four.
But. This year, we have had great opportunities to share our ‘stuff’. When a friend’s whole electrical circuit blew in her house and every single appliance was ruined, we were able to help. We gave her a microwave, a jug, a phone, a TV – all spares that we had lying around from when we shifted our office to home and no longer needed them.
Now, I’m not relaying this to big note ourselves, far from it. There are plenty of people who give in greater capacity than us. My point is that if we hadn’t had those things, we wouldn’t have been able to help out when our friend needed it.
There is no way this friend would have accepted money, or if we had gone and bought new items to replace hers. Having these things in our house, doing nothing, allowed her the freedom to accept our help.
So, for me, it’s not about how much stuff we have at all, it’s about what we do with it.
Do we hold onto our possessions tightly, unable to part with anything? Or do we hold it all loosely, ready to freely give at any given moment?
I think it’s possible to live a minimalist life and aim for simplicity while still having stuff. It’s all about our mindset.
Besides, if we gave up the car, how would I get my coffee each day? 🙂