I read recently about tiny houses. These are for people who really want to pare down. They are around 250 square feet and people live there with the bare minimum of stuff. The idea is interesting. Minimalism is an attractive concept when you have a house crammed full of stuff until it’s coming out of the rafters.
My family is all for paring down but we can never seem to get rid of enough stuff to really make a dent. I tend to hold on to things because they seem like they’ll be useful. Or because I used them once upon a time and may again. I’m a big one for collecting things for a project, starting it, and never getting very far. I have a couple of plastic tubs full of craft supplies. I’m starting to find alternative uses for a lot of it which is nice, but I have more than I need.
Minimalism seems so nice – only having what you need or find beautiful around you. I’ll be honest though, getting rid of that much stuff seems daunting. It’d be one heck of a garage sale. It seems a shame to let go of some of this stuff for pennies on the dollar. That’s not a great reason for holding on to things that I’m not using though, is it? The more valuable things can be sold through the classified in the newspaper. Movies and books can be donated to the library or sold to a used bookstore. There are ways, if you’re willing.