I am just as guilty as anyone of being too materialistic, but that wasn't always the case. For example, my cousin likes to joke about how in college I lived in shit and I was happy. It's true. I lived in a "apartment" the size of a bedroom and shared a kitchen with three others. Those were the days!
When I got my first job out of college and moved into my first real apartment, it was infested with ants and again, pretty small, but I loved it! It was my swamp.
Ever since meeting my husband though, I have had a tendency to collect stuff, which I use, but arguably don't need.
I recently hooked up with an old classmate named Chris through Facebook (surprised he remembered me), who writes a blog about how and why he pared his stuff down to 500 things.
It got me to thinking what I could give up. I have mentioned in previous posts my need to de-clutter my head, but it will be easier to to that if I de-bulk myself of (some) material things as well.
First I should take inventory. It will be hard because we have a lot of crap, and not all of it is mine.
But it's easy to see places we could cut back, especially where electronics are concerned. I mean, do we really need four televisions and four computers? My son has toys he plays with once and then forgets about. We have books we haven't read since Sputnik. My son has books that we've bought him that he's yet to read.
So I could start by trimming down those things.
Off the top of my head, here are (some of) the things I wouldn't want to live without:
table and chairs
washer and dryer for clothes (if not in house than at least nearby)
an end table of some sort
a car (although my seizures have prevented me from driving on occasion)
Now I just need to get my husband and son on board. Right now they are playing World of Warcraft on separate computers, so this may take awhile.