Why do you buy something? Let’s go through a basic list:
With all that acquiring stuff you will ultimately end up with things that felt exciting at first but the quickly lost their appeal and either ended up somewhere in a box or maybe even start haunting and taunting you with their presence:
You see, all those items had the potential to be beloved and useful items forever, or become obsolete in after a short or long period of time. And let’s face it, most items become obsolete at some point. You may think of yourself as thrifty and reuse things in other ways, but some things are just remnants of dreams that didn’t materialise quite in the way you thought they would.
How can you tell if your excitement about an item has faded to a point where you could allow yourself to let it go without remorse?
There are a couple of tell-tale signs. Keepers tend to remain useful or fill us with joy whenever we see them. If your item does neither, it’s a candidate for ‘temporary thrill’. Another thing to consider is this: do you get your thrill from the “act of buying” or from “owning it”?
It’s important to occasionally review the reasons for certain items to remain in your life. Do you keep them because you feel obliged to? Because you feel silly for having spent all that money and it feels like you’re losing money if you let it go? Because you cannot part with an item for sentimental reasons (that’s a tough one)? There are as many reasons to hang on to items as there are to acquire them in the first place, but it is useful to look into your motivation and find out if that is a good enough reason to hang on to each of those items.
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