As I’m getting ready to move out of my apartment I’m realizing that I have a lot of things! Having a lot of things isn’t necessarily a bad thing (although it is quite consumerist and probably isn’t very good for the planet, so you know what, yeah. I guess it kind of is a bad thing!) but what I was going to say, is that the worst part about all of this for me is that I don’t use most of these things.
I’ve been looking through drawers and bins (I’ve bought TONS of them from Target and Wal-Mart over the years) and realizing that I rarely even look in these bins anymore, never mind actually use all the possessions I have somehow managed to stuff in them!
This has got me wondering, what is the value of all these things?
Some of them have sentimental value. I love my picture albums, stuffed animals and souvenirs. They signify memories and remind me of the people who gave them to me. I would be very sad if I lost them and possibly the memories they were linked to too.
Some of my other possessions are useful. Bed? Kinda need that. White board? Helps me keep track of all the things I need to do. Printer? Not a necessity since there is a print shop on campus, but boy is it useful. A gazillion pairs of shoes… well, you could rationalize that they’re useful, but this is really where the useful debate begins.
One pair of tennis shoes, one pair of sandals, and one pair of dressy shoes would probably be “reasonable.” However 5 pairs of boots, 7 pairs of dress shoes, and 4 pairs of flats? I think this is where my hoarding habit comes in ><‘ No, I do not need that many shoes, but I do love selection! It’s also nice to know that I should pretty much always have a pair of shoes that match whatever I’m wearing (even though sometimes I’m silly and think that I don’t.)
Maybe this is related to the joy of shopping, which I think connects to Becky’s comment in my last post. She pointed out that Americans are less happy and feel like there is a void in their lives. Maybe we try to fill that void with the short-lived pleasure of shopping. Perhaps, our fixation on things is part of the reason we have a void just to begin with!
What do you think?
Either way, I have a fix for my overflow of possessions. I’m going to give a bunch of them away =] especially to the international students who just moved here! That should lighten my suitcase…