Hello hello! Welcome to my humble blog dedicated to my journey of combating what I’ve decided to call “stuffism”.
Stuffism /stəf izəm/ : the act or practice of obtaining and storing material goods; a modern movement lead by excessive and senseless consumerism.
Let me clarify that I’m by no means an expert on this (or anything really) and I have no idea what will become of this “purge project”. All I know is that this is the journey I’m on, and amidst the challenges, I anticipate experiencing several small victories. I’m determined and committed.
This is about more than having a clean closet. This is about mental and spiritual growth. It’s about becoming the kind of parent that I want my child to be around. It’s about confronting myself, my habits and ways of thinking. It’s about digging deeper, inner peace and true lasting happiness. You get the picture.
I’ve always been incredibly interested in and inspired by the concept of “living small“. How much STUFF does one person need? Does STUFF equal happiness? Everyone naturally wants to say “no” to that second question… But if we’re honest with ourselves, do we really BELIEVE it? Because as far as the market’s concerned, we definitely think buying more stuff will make us happier.
The constant desire to WANT is so deeply ingrained into our brain-washed minds that we don’t even realize we’ve lost ourselves in the massive crashing waves of consumerism. Everything needs to be bigger, better, faster, newer. We’re all walking around looking like the emoji with heart eyes like, “Oooh. I need that.” No, no, you really don’t.
*looks around, lowers arms and steps off soapbox*
I don’t want this first post to be too long, so let me cut to the chase.
I was inspired a few months ago by a blogger I follow. She posted a guide on how her family of 5 lives comfortably in a 2 bedroom New York City apartment. A family of 5! She’s talked about owning less, donating to Goodwill often, smart ways to store items, and more. Her post got me thinking… Maybe, just maybe I don’t need all the stuff I own. Maybe I could simplify my lifestyle, resist the urge to purchase things constantly, be smarter with my money and my living space, have less clutter and more organization… What’s the point of having so much stuff anyway? It all turns to dust in the end.
So this is the trailhead. You’re welcome to join me on this hike! It won’t always be easy, but I assure you the views will be worth it in the end. 🙂