I wonder how much of my time is wasted dealing with stuff. I pick up the stuff, I clean the stuff, I rearrange the stuff, I stress about the stuff, I go to the store and bring home more stuff. Life is so incredibly short and I’m spending a good portion of it being a slave to all of these items that have filled and cluttered my life.We all want more time to do things for ourselves and loved ones, so why complicate life with so much stuff?
Since Garage Sales are a huge deal in the Midwest, I joined forces with a friend to host one of our own. Garage Sales are a lot of work! I’ve dedicated 3-4 hours a day for the past week to collect the stuff that I no longer need, price it, and haul it to my friend’s house where the sale will be taking place. Precious time dedicated to dealing with stuff.
We opened for business bright and early on a Friday morning hoping to draw in some early birds. At this point, we didn’t care about how much money we could potentially make, we were more concerned about getting rid of everything. Even if that meant giving it away. Luckily, we didn’t have to give too much away considering our belongings were literally flying off of the shelves. Boy, were we relieved!
We opened again on Saturday for round 2. By the end of the day, we were both exhausted and several hundred dollars richer. Having the extra cash is nice, but I would have much rather had all of that time back than collecting my unnecessary junk and sitting in 90+ degree weather for 2 whole days trying to sell it.
I do feel like a great amount of weight has been lifted after I reduced my belongings, even by that small amount. It truly makes me feel lighter and happier. I think when you hold on to so many things, you almost hide behind a deeper need for something that isn’t tangible. With less, you have more time and money to invest in memories that are priceless. I always think about what I’ll be remembering in my golden years. Will it be all of those things I had in my house or will it be all of the cherished memories that I collected instead?
This is only the beginning of my journey to a minimalist lifestyle. You are probably wondering what this has to do with zero waste living. I believe that, for myself, without a minimalistic view, zero waste will become harder to achieve. Not only will it prevent frivolous shopping and vast amounts of waste entering my house, it will freshen my mind and free up valuable time and resources that I can invest somewhere else.