Too Much Stuff

When I moved here back in 2011, I disposed of most of my tools thinking that I wouldn’t be needing them anymore, and I was right, I haven’t.  I have the opposite problem.  I still brought stuff that I haven’t needed.  I’m now in the process of slowly, a little at a time, going through everything I own and trying to dispose of everything I haven’t used or needed in the past eight years.  I figure that is a good indicator that I also won’t need them in the future.

It is a painful process, in letting go, renewing old memories forgotten, and finding ways for disposing the unneeded stuff.  Most of my fellow residents don’t understand why I want to get rid of stuff since I have plenty of room for it.  I guess that they feel that maybe it will be of use, or that family will want it, and that the family can dispose of the rest someday.  I disagree.  I think it is better to find a home for the stuff that is more likely to be used now, but not in the future, and that disposing of my junk shouldn’t be someone else’s problem.   

Some of my more useful tools, etc. have been accepted by the maintenance staff.  Some goes to thrift stores, and some goes to trash.  Books are an example of things no one seems to want.  Most people who read these days use electronic books of one brand or another.  We have a library here, but they have strict rules as to what they will accept for their shelves.  Even our recycling bins are closed to hard back books, though the township recycling center will take them if you deliver them.  Some of the thrift stores still accept them, but I don’t know what they do with them since there isn’t much of a market for most books.

As I have gotten older, I realize now that most people consume way too much, buy stuff that they really don’t need, waste too much money on it, and then fill up the trash heaps with all of that unneeded stuff.  Where will the future generations put all of this stuff after the trash centers are full and overflowing?  Recycling isn’t working.  The only solution is to not buy it in the first place. 

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