When I moved to the East Coast, I only took a fraction of my stuff with me. I left a lot of it back in L.A: most of my music equipment, lots of books, some clothes, furniture, and so forth. The interesting thing is the entire time I was away, I didn’t miss any of the stuff I left behind. Actually, it felt pretty liberating not to be bogged down by so much stuff!
So, maybe it’s time to go through your stuff and get rid of some of it. Here are some reasons to do it:
- Finding Stuff You Forgot About or Lost
While sorting through your stuff, you’ll rediscover things you’ve forgotten about or lost (this totally happened to me)
- More Living Space
You’ll have more living space when you’re done.
- Being Better Organized
After you’ve de-cluttered, it will be easier to find things.
- Keeping Your Place Tidy
It will be easier to keep your place tidy after de-cluttering.
- Making Money
You can make some money if you sell your stuff (I made thousands of dollars selling my music equipment). If you donate it, you can get a tax write-off.
- Helping Others
When you sell or donate your stuff, you will be helping someone in need who won’t have to buy it at full price, which should make you feel good.
- Helping the Environment
When you sell or donate your stuff, you will be helping the environment because that item won’t need to be manufactured from scratch (which takes a lot more resources).
- Saving on Moving Costs
You will save on moving costs the next time you need to move.
- Savoring What You Have
You’ll enjoy what you have more. When you throw out distracting things, you’ll have the clarity to savor the things you really do enjoy.
- You’ll Be Happier
You’ll be happier and feel liberated overall, believe me!!
If you’re ready to take the plunge, read my de-cluttering tips! Tell me about your de-cluttering experiences below! – Brian