One of my highest values/feelings is freedom. That’s why I work from home. That’s why I created work hours. My daughter calls me a non-conformist which has allowed her to be a non-conformist.
One thing that weighs down freedom is stuff.
Possessions require money to buy – which means your time working. Need less stuff then you have to work less hours and have more time to do what you want. If you pay for an item with credit, now you are buying with hours you have yet to work. Too much debt and you spend the rest of your life paying for things you already bought.
All possessions need time and money for maintenance. Cleaning it, fixing it, space to put it, organizers to contain it. The more things, the more time and money it takes to manage.
Unless you aren’t maintaining and then your home becomes a mess. The more things, the more mayhem if you don’t have time or energy to keep up.
You are less nimble. A great job offer comes in across state. Well, first you have to sell the house and move all your stuff.
A once in a lifetime trip comes along. Well, all your money is in your home and your stuff so you can’t pay. And then you have all that stuff to maintain. I know someone who sold most of their stuff so they could live 3 months in Italy – that’s freedom.
“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
When you have lots of goods, what is really important to you – like people or nature or contribution – become less. You have less time for what is important to you because you are using time and money maintaining or running from maintaining.
So as you are putting away the things you got from Christmas, think about releasing at least one item for every new item. And think about what you buy in the January clearance sales. Is it worth your time, money and freedom?
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Love this post, Beth. Freedom is my number 1 value!