A Giving Mentality: A Minimalistic Approach to Owning Too Much

Hey guys,

thanks for checking in. As always, I hope you’re all well and safe during these crazy times that we live in.

Today, I want to write a short post about something that’s really “special” to me. When I talk to other people about it it seems like it’s a special mentality that only I have when it comes to giving away stuff I don’t need.

This post is probably not going to be that long but hopefully it’ll help motivate some of you guys who struggle with cutting down on the amount of stuff you have – that you don’t need.

The “Uh, that looks so cool – I must own it”

We’ve all been there. We’ve been looking at certain items and think; “Wow, I want that – it looks so cool”. Most of us would probably end up buying that product thinking we’re going to use it as a primary ‘tool’ in our every day lives – only to realize that we probably won’t use it more than a couple of times.

I’ve been there, and I’m still there sometimes when I see something that would make my nomad lifestyle a bit easier – some gadget that will help me take my life to the next level (insert explosion to create excitement)!

If you tell me you haven’t been there – I’ll say you’re lying 😉

The “I don’t remember buying that”

The next step of the process is putting whatever item you bought, into the drawer and immediately forget about it. Months or years later you come back to that drawer and find the item – only to ask yourself; “when did I buy that?”.

I’ve been there, and I’m still there sometimes. I see a pattern here. I’ve bought so many gadgets from different places and from the different destinations I’ve lived in.

This has resulted in me having waaaaay to much stuff and for a while I’ve been turning that around by changing my mentality towards how much stuff do I actually need – which takes me to the next heading!

The “What changed?”

As mentioned, I’ve changed my mentality towards how much stuff I actually need instead of how much stuff I want. Mixed with the fact that I’m broke as a student has made it easy for me to focus on quality over quantity.

Because of this, I have no issues of giving away my stuff for free, if I have no need for it. About 1.5 years ago I went through all of my stuff and decided to either donate, give or throw away A LOT OF STUFF! We’re talking big and small things. If you’ve ever seen How I Met Your Mother when Marshall and Lily is moving to Italy and has to decide what to bring. If you haven’t used it in the past year, then you don’t bring it. I did the same.

I’ve cut down on the amount of clothes, I have. My drawers are now organized. I have my desktop as the most ‘fancy’ thing in my apartment – but what are people asking me every time I give something away for free?

The “Why are you giving your stuff away?”

‘Are you sure?’, ‘That’s like $80, mate?’ etc. People are so confused whenever I decide to give away some stuff. Most recently I purchased an amazing windbreaker from Yes Theory, but unfortunately I couldn’t fit into it and I knew that I’d probably never be able to. It was about $80 including taxes and shipping.

One day one of my new class mates saw me wearing some other Yes Theory merch and told me that he loved them too and would love to have some merch. At the time he didn’t know about the jacket, as it was hidden away in my closet. Then, some time later I threw a party at my house and gave him the windbreaker and he was baffled – he simply couldn’t believe that I’d give away such an expensive windbreaker for free.

It’s not just about clothing, shoes, and other stuff – but this is also the case for food, drinks and other smaller stuff. If I don’t need it or if I have too much of it, then I don’t mind giving it away – no matter the price.

Wrap Up: A recommendation from me to you

You might think I’m crazy. In some way I understand why you’d think that, but on the other hand I don’t. There’s something amazing about giving away your stuff and especially if you can give something to someone that will make their life even a tiny bit better.

I’m not telling you to give away all of your stuff, but living a minimalistic life has taught me so much (which is to be explained in another post). It’s a feeling of freedom and I don’t feel drawn to materialistic things anymore – except for the things that I actually need.

Try it – it’s amazing.

As always, I appreciate you for stopping by and reading this post. I’m closing in on 300 followers and I’m excited. I’ve just entered my last year of my 20’s and I have a goal to reach 500 followers before I turn 30 – let’s make it happen!

Take care and enjoy your weekend,

Junior out.

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