My attachment to things is a thing of the past. I stopped storing rubbish: I could hardly get rid of some broken toys from my own childhood, but today minimalism in things is my lifestyle, slamming is one of my favorite hobbies, and I really don’t mind throwing out old things!
I like to have only really necessary things in the house and those that are used regularly and with love.
Have an attachment to things = save and store trash
It turned out right in verses)) It really is: until we get rid of unhealthy attachment to things, we will continue to keep unnecessary. And even if to rake up once, it will not save: if you don’t work on attachment, we will again and again be overgrown with things. I think that it is necessary to work, first of all, not at breaking up, but at understanding the reasons for attachment to material trash.
In my life, I see a lot of advantages from the fact that I have come to minimalism: you always know where, what and in what quantity you have; much less time is spent on cleaning; You can move or collect things for a trip, even a long one, very quickly, and you can invite guests at any time, because among a small number of things you can not even make a mess.
Today I collected a few tips that helped me and help me to this day.
How to get rid of attachment to things?
- Choose quality, not quantity. Gradually I expel the teenage principle “better than five different Chinese T-shirts than one for the same money”. I am learning the principle: one quality shirt is better than five Chinese ones. The use of such a strategy (by the way, this is the basis of the project 333) reduces attachment to things and their quantity, and also teaches us to look at the world in a new way, especially if we take it not only to clothes, but also to cosmetics, food, jewelry, and furniture and technology. This attitude to things can be inspired by the recently discovered and beloved Frenchwoman, Dominic Loro, in his book The Art of Living Simple. And recently on the site “Living Interesting” I told how my life changed after this book.
- Keep not trash, and emotions. Often, our attachment to things is connected with emotions – we are sorry to part with things that we once treasured, which were given to us by a close person, or simply to those that cause pleasant memories or associations.
Emotions, not things
I remember how for years I could not get rid of an umbrella with a broken handle – and all because it was the first thing I bought for the money I earned myself – at the age of 14 I received the first fee for an article published in a local newspaper. I still smile today when I remember this bright orange umbrella-cane (it was very fashionable!) With black silhouettes of elephants. But … it seems to me that you should not keep junk: important memories will remain in memory even without some material reminders. And what will be forgotten – maybe not worth it to remember?
- Think about why you feel attached to things: because of fear of parting with the past, or fear that something might be needed in the future? About the preservation of past memories, we have already spoken above, and as for the future, it is worth soberly assess what and how many times you may need.
For example, I have long kept old videos that I took care of in case I ever want to go. “What if I want to – and there are no videos?” I told myself, although I’m not at all a fan of this kind of rest. After a long period of dusting them on the entresol, I finally decided to get rid of them – and the sky did not fall!))) It occurred to me that if ever (and I am sure that this is unlikely to happen more often 1 or maximum 2 times a year) I want to ride, I can take videos for a couple of dollars for hire… Sometimes it is more expensive to keep this rubbish, look for a place for things, regularly care for them and blow away dust particles than honestly admit that the thing is not really necessary and, if anything, you can get it somewhere at once.
- Understand whether your attachment to things is a substitute for relationships, hobbies, communication?
Often, due to the lack of personal contacts with dear people or simply because of loneliness in a broader sense, people begin to save things, turning entire rooms into warehouses. Sometimes I look at YouTube “The Jumbled House” program, where the presenter just talks about the reasons for storing the trash. And the lack of personal contact is one of these reasons. If you realize that you are in the same trap, start to get out: reflection is the first step to recovery. Find friends, a new hobby, go in for sports – this will help to get out of the closed “clothing” circle due to the devaluation of trash.
And what helped or helps you get rid of attachment to things? Was it easy for you to stop storing rubbish or you have not started to get rid of it?