Friday, August 30, 2013
All You Need Is Less
I have narrowed down my possessions to these three tupperware, which comprise of all my leftover belongings that I will not be taking with me over my move... (I threw in my Tamaskan, Bourbon, for good measure). I will not be storing these belongings, I will be donating &/or selling them before I go. What I will be taking with my is one backpack & one suitcase. I have to admit that this process has been both liberating as well as terrifying.
Originally I planned on writing this blog post as an advice piece, but I know there are most likely countless others on the subject already out there... & to be quite honest, I don't have specific advice on the subject. I'm unsure as to quite how to describe it, but when you reach that point where you decide that you are tired of your possessions owning you, that alone is enough to make you successful in your purging.
Frankly, I was fed up with the amount of stuff that I owned & it can be quite overwhelming & stressful to have all these items taking up your everyday life. Because if something happened that left you with none of these belongings, can you say that you'd truly be happy? At one point, I would not have been. But with time & energy I can now say that I am happy & proud to say that I am happy with nothing but myself, my friends, my family, my surroundings.
When you decide you want a life of experiences, it really is that simple. I would rather spend a weekend visiting old friends in Paris than buy myself the latest iPhone or that new handbag for Fall. When it comes down to it, I will gladly give up my Lanvin trench coat if it means an extra week backpacking.
Anything you leave behind, 9X out of 10, you will have forgotten about when you return. Take this time to really decide what will compliment your travels & keep those items. Be done with all the rest. If you haven't worn it, used it, seen it in a year, sell it, donate it, or trash it. Simple as that.
I s'pose this post was more of a rambling than anything, but maybe one of you can take inspiration from it. I'd love to know your ideas on the subject as well... & to end, some of my favourite Fight Club quotes. Bisous!
'You’re not your job. You’re not how much money you have in the bank. You’re not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet. You’re not your fucking khakis. You’re the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world.'
'It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.'
'We’re consumers. We are the byproducts of a lifestyle obsession. Murder, crime, poverty, these things don’t concern me. What concerns me are celebrity magazines, television with 500 channels, some guy’s name on my underwear. Rogaine, Viagra, Olestra…Fuck Martha Stewart. Martha’s polishing the brass on the Titanic. It’s all going down, man. So fuck off with your sofa units and strine green stripe patterns.'