GET RID OF IT ALL!
I used to be somewhat of a hoarder. I would buy more and more things I didn’t need in the first place and the crap would just keep piling up. Even some items I already had would be accompanied by a new or better version of it. These things would take up space, and cost a ton of money in total.
Does this sound like you?
Do you have a bunch of shit lying around that you rarely use anymore? Do you ever pick up an item you bought a few months back and wonder: “What the hell was I thinking? I never needed this?!” Well my friend….
It’s time to THROW AWAY HALF YOUR STUFF!
This doesn’t only have to apply to material items lying around. Do you ever find yourself saying:
Well bills are “stuff” too. Get rid of half your bills. Stop paying for the damn cable, get a cheaper cell phone plan, find ways to conserve electricity and water. STOP FINANCING APPLIANCES!
Throw 50% of your shit away
We live in a consumer world. There was a time long ago when humans were more focused on survival than acquiring pointless items. Well, thanks to technology we have abundance. This is a good thing because it has solved a lot of issues like hunger and shelter, but it has also caused us to be gluttons. We have all become a bunch of consumers trying to fill the holes in our lives with pointless crap.
Things we do not need.
How did things get this way? Constant advertisements. Jealousy of what others have and possess. The thought of “finally being happy” once we buy that shiny new item. BULLSHIT.
You will never be happy being a mindless consumer. So how do you go about this if you have been one all your life? Heres how:
1) Go Through Everything You Own
Start going through your entire house and apartment now. Go through every single thing you own and ask yourself. “Have I used this thing in the past two years?”
This is called the two-year rule.
If you haven’t used or touched this thing in two years, put it in the throw away pile. Think of it this way, if you really cared about it and it had use to you, would it sit there untouched for two years? Stop lying to yourself. You know you do not need it.
I understand that some items have value or long-term use. You’re not going to chuck the fire extinguisher in your kitchen. Use a little common sense and you will know what is worth holding on to. You don’t need all those old magazines. You don’t need those tee shirts you got at a concert 5 years ago. There is no reason to hold on to things you haven’t touched in two years. Don’t hold on to these “just in case.”
“In case” never comes.
2) De-Clutter Your Surroundings
I don’t know about you, but having a bunch of crap lying around annoys me. Do you feel like you have no room for things in your house/apartment anymore? When you throw away half your stuff there are added benefits:
You’ll have more space
You can downsize your living arrangement
Think about how nice it would be to stop worrying about the space in your house. No more tripping over garbage, no more “reorganizing” things, less spring cleaning. You even have the option to move somewhere smaller and cheaper when you own less. Evaluate your living space and picture if you would need one as large if you just got rid of all that crap you never touch.
3) Change Your Priorities
It’s very hard to save money when you have high bills every month. The conventional advice is to give up something small like the daily coffee and save up the $2.00 a day. Forget the 2.5-3 grand per month mortgage, just deny yourself a coffee and in 100 years you’ll be debt free!
This advice is silly, a morning coffee doesn’t mean anything. What matters is the huge monthly payments for your housing and your car. Those are the two biggest expenses for the average person. Cut those bills down and you can buy all the coffee and donuts you want.
You must live below your means.
That means giving up the high mortgage/rent and the high auto loan payment. Pay cash for your car and downgrade into an extremely affordable home. Get rid of luxuries and keep necessities.
You will never get ahead if you are in debt or if you have expensive bills every month. Get rid of the bills and get free. If you have high bills and/or heavy debt you are not free to do as you please. You must pay those bills and you must work hard to pay those bills.
If you have credit cards, make sure they are paid off in full each and every month. To help out with your credit score you can put a tank of gasoline or some grocery shopping on your credit card and pay it all off before the interest kicks in.
When you throw away half your stuff there are clearly a lot of benefits. You Don’t even necessarily have to throw away half, but at least try to get rid of as much as you can. You’ll feel much more organized and your living arrangement will feel spacious. You’ll have less to clean. You can make room for a new large purchase like a piece of furniture.
The best time to start is now. Start going through it all and apply the two (or one if you’re bold) year rule. Most of it is trash, material items. You will not miss or think about them when they are gone.
I know I didn’t.
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