I don’t know about you, but I’ve been doing some thinking.
I’m tired of having things.
It’s so easy to think about minimizing and purging when feeling overwhelmed with the sheer quantity of things we’ve been accumulating, but it never seems that one can actually “win,” even while taking the minimalist approach to material things.
It costs a lot of money to have anything at all, really, no matter what it is.
You have to pay the initial sticker price
You have to maintain the thing. This can include a number of other things.
- Buying a steamer or an iron to ward off unsightly wrinkles and folds.
- Buying waxes or protective sprays, to keep your whites white, to keep your colors colorful, to keep your shoes waterproof, to repel dirt, etc.
- Buying sweater shavers or sweater stones to remove fuzz and keep the thing looking generally unfuzzy, like when you first purchased the thing.
- Buying and exhausting lint roller supplies and using them when you get dressed, before you leave the house, after you take a drive, etc. Especially if you are harboring any sort of furry creature in your home.
- Taking it to the dry cleaners and make time to drive in your car to the cleaners, consuming fuel, and then paying to have it dropped off and then making the time to get into your car again and pick it up later.
- Getting things zip-soled so that the things last longer, so you don’t have to buy the thing again so soon.
- Buying things to ward off things that want to eat your things, like cedar blocks or moth balls… for moths.
- Buying hangers, boxes, holders, display-ers, bags, furniture, etc. to house and hold your things.
- Detergents to clean your things. Machines to clean the things. Machines to dry the things. Which also costs energy.
- Cases to protect your things (i.e. mobile-device things)
Okay, not everything on that list was a physical thing, but you get the point. It costs a lot of time and effort into keeping your things.
Because if you don’t, you’d have to buy new things to replace your old things.
When you have to buy things for your things, you know you have too many things.
I’m starting to feel that perhaps my home is not actually for me, but instead for my things.