stuff

As a minimalist, there is a very simple mental flowchart for “stuff.”

If I love it or use it, I keep it.

Otherwise, I sell, donate, recycle or trash it.

Here’s a list of things you have to do with stuff if you’re a notmin, whether you want to or not:

store

Stuff has to occupy a physical space within your home, so stuff gets to live in your house, rent free, along with the stuff that you actually like. You can relegate it to the garage or loft if you really don’t use it often. But it has to take up some space.

Keep enough stuff and eventually you’ll run out of space. Your options then are a bigger house or off site storage. For stuff. It still won’t pay rent though, even if you do.

attach

Your psychological attachment to stuff can be strong. I’ve kept stuff to punish myself for poor purchases. Stuff takes up mental space as well as physical space, so push out the quadratic equation formula to make room.

watch it depreciate

Stuff tends to depreciate over time, so if you don’t love it or use it, the time to sell is either right now, or in fifty years when it becomes fashionable again.

display

If your stuff is “only for nice” then you may only use it once in a blue moon. But it is still nice so you may want to buy some cabinets with glass panes that let everyone see the stuff that you own but never use. Think the crystal wine glasses you never use. You can then think about putting some signs up and selling tickets to your museum of stuff. The added benefit is you can now watch it depreciate from a comfy chair.

clean / maintain

The second law of thermodynamics says everything is decaying. If you’re not using it, it’s getting dusty, dirty and old. Keep it clean or you won’t be able to invite your friends round.

obsolete

If your stuff is tech related, it’s going out of date at the speed of Moore’s law. That laptop you don’t use anymore is becoming outdated faster than non tech stuff.

deprive

Oddly, the person who could be using your stuff if only you’d give it up is forgotten in this process. The budding photographer who could create fantastic photographs could be using your old camera. So you get to deprive him/her and the world of their art.

outsource

Own something for long enough and eventually you will die (usually this is not a direct cause and effect). The decision of what to do with your stuff is then passed on to your children, who I’m sure will appreciate the gift while trying to grieve your loss.

Links:

Quadratic Formula

Second Law of Thermodynamics

Moore’s law

Depreciation

 

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