This past weekend a freshly pressed blog caught my attention, apparently caught the attention of a lot of people, a minimalist starter guide. I’m a minimalist at heart, I think we (society) carry too much baggage and we put way too much stock into material things. I see it in my neighbourhood, I see it in the malls and I see it in my own home. Who hasn’t been sucked into consumerism? Spent way too much on the latest car, the best furniture or the perfect jeans. Count me in, I’m guilty but what is all this consumerism costing us? I think back to my parents day and if you didn’t have the money for an item you didn’t buy it. Is there something wrong with this way of thinking, or is it better to go and buy the item you can’t afford, put it on your Visa and pay a ridiculous amount of interest. Re-furnish your house and don’t pay anything for two years. Problem is two years goes by mighty fast and guess what all that money you were gonna put away, you didn’t and you’re sitting in the same boat two years later except now you have to start making payments and pay through the nose.
My husband likes lots of stuff, he collects sports items and for any of you who live with a collector you know that the word collector really should be changed to hoarder! Ok so our house doesn’t resemble anything like the reality tv show Hoarder. However, if you came to my house and entered our garage I warn you that you just might not be able to find your way back out. It’s bad, the garage is where my husband stashes his stuff because I don’t want all that stuff in our house. Am I a control freak? If you happen to be talking to my husband he’ll tell you yes and a neat freak too! In reality we just have two very different perspectives. Can you identify with this line from minimalist lifestyle blog “stressed about money and bills and all the clutter and stuff you have? Arguing with your partner about money problems?” or how about this “there is no correlation between spending and happiness.” oh sure you get a little bit of a “high” at the time but it quickly wears off.” Three very important statements. I believe over consumerism brings chaos to your life and negative energy to your space. I know I feel that way about clutter, living with two boys, my husband and my mother-in-law the clutter can get out of hand. I notice when the clutter gets really bad I get really bitchy! As soon as we get the clutter out of the way I notice that I start to feel calm again.