Stuff. Things. Belongings.  Acquiring more, better, faster is the mantra of many. But, this mindset necessitates all sorts of accompaniments. Each item we acquire requires a storage place. Becomes one more thing, that if moved, needs to be moved back. Picked up off of the floor, counter, table or couch. If it gets lost, requires time to find. Needs to be dusted, cleaned, maintained. May require batteries. Or a power source of some kind.

More energy is required to keep up with everything instead of doing the things that really matter to you, like say, reading a good book, getting outdoors, having a dinner party.

Suddenly, one “small” acquisition, becomes a much larger responsibility.

It represents constraint. Becomes confining. Ridding yourself and your family of that that you don’t really need or use, saves space, time and energy. More than you might think. How many times have we felt we needed to spend a portion of the weekend cleaning, instead of getting out and having some fun?

So, then the inverse is true as well.

Having only the things that we need frees us up to spend time on activities  in which we really want to be involved. Letting go of things, is at its essence, a spiritual exercise. It is getting rid of distraction. Being okay with yourself. Focusing on what really matters. Challenging the convention of consumerism.

Do you really need that?

Realistically, the answer is probably not. What a great opportunity to donate it to a good cause and ultimately to someone who really could use it? Not only would it be paring down, but recycling at its finest. Seems like it can’t get much better than that.

Plus, it gives you more time to dance your socks off! Priorities, please!!