(Closed) Would you ever give away all your stuff?

posted 8 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
332 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

no i like my stuff i do regulary declutter and give to charity my excess and that makes me feel good but give it all away oh no

Post # 4
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Haha… try moving and only keeping three suitcases worth of stuff! I’ve done that twice in three years now, and I’ll be honest – it’s a GREAT feeling to get rid of all the unnecessary. It piles up again quickly though.

Post # 5
5494 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

No i couldn’t/wouldn’t do this.  I genuine like my “stuff”.  I go through my closet once or twice a year and do get rid of a lot,(donate to charity), and i’ve donated some larger pieces in the past, but no, I wouldn’t get rid of all of it.

Post # 6
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I read another article on the same woman. And helllll no. I totally disagree with most of what the articles were saying. Yes, I totally agree that unnecessarily trying to “keep up with the joneses” can make you unhappy. So stop being an idiot and doing that. It doesn’t mean you have to whittle down to 100 things– there is a middle ground here! 

My house genuinely makes me happy. I like have a nice big clean space for all of my stuff. My stress level is so far reduced now that I’m here vs. living in tiny apartments. And yes my mortgage is twice what my rent was and I have more responsibility. Doesn’t matter. I’m still happier. 

Plates? I have 7 plates right now. It is f’in annoying. I can’t have more than 5 people over for dinner. Which really means 2 couples. And we can’t eat lunch before they come over. I cannot WAIT until my shower when i have 12 place settings. 

Meh… people take things to extremes imo. 

Post # 7
2767 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I would love to do this.  Ever since our wedding we’ve had too much stuff in our house.  We don’t have room for all of it.  I feel stressed out, unorganized, and generally depressed because of all the stuff around the house.  I would love to start over with just a suitcase of necessities.

Post # 9
6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I don’t think I would ever take the 100 day challenge but I agree to a certain extent!

I would never get rid of my plates. I have 12 and I like not running the dishwasher until it’s full – that’s environmentally friendly (even though I should probably hand wash… but I won’t – I LOVE MY DISHWASHER).

But we do live quite minimalistically. We don’t have a lot of stuff and we HATE clutter so our house is always clean and tidy and everything has a home.

At the same token I love getting rid of stuff. We used the wedding as an excuse to clean out the garage, closet and basement and we purged SO much stuff. It was so cathartic.

But I would never take it to the extreme. I am happy with the way I live now!

Post # 10
5093 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

I moved to Japan two years ago and gave away a lot of my stuff before that.  I put up signs all over the place that just asked people to come to my apartment and take stuff.  They were really confused but quite thrilled when they walked out with a TV, couch, clothes, and other random items.  It was a good time.

I don’t think I would get rid of it otherwise, though.  I’m doing my best to de-clutter my life, but I now have lots of really amazing things from my travels that I want to display and show off, and I like entertaining, so I need the furniture for sitting room.

Post # 11
1645 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I probably won’t ever do that, but I like the idea of it a lot. I was very proud that I could fit all of my possessions in my ford escort for 6 years in a row! Granted that was college. My husband and I just moved into our first home last week. It’s a smaller ranch, and my goal is to only have things in our house that we are actively using at least during part of the year. During the process of moving, we have donated a LOT of stuff. We also have a baby on the way and the article really makes me want to cut down our registry to the bare minimum items and skip all the baby gear that you don’t need.

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