Choices, Live Simply, Mindfulness

Things! What’s the obsession?

Why are we consumed by the ‘need’ for more and more ‘things’? And with that the ‘need’ to keep spending money on them?

Our homes are already full of things, probably a lot of things we don’t use or don’t need. And yet we find ourselves combing the aisles for more and more things. And our shopping malls are getting bigger and bigger to hold more things that we ‘need’. Things to entice us to buy.

And what about how much we are spending on all these ‘things’? The compulsion to buy, the compulsion to accumulate, where does it come from? Is it a survival instinct?

And then there are those that don’t spend a penny. Surely there is a balance somewhere?

This has been brought home to me lately. My husband and I are renewing our vows next week so there were things we genuinely needed for the celebration. The quantity of things on the internet for sale is astonishing! And of course so many of them are things I ‘needed’! 🙂 So my spending blew out a bit more than I anticipated when we planned this event.

But really, do we need them? Our local shopping centre is always packed, no matter what time of day or day of the week I go there. It used to be Mondays and Tuesdays were quiet, but not now. And with Christmas around the corner, it’s worse, people buying presents that will likely sit in a cupboard unused and unwanted.

Apart from food that we need to survive, we have probably all got enough clothes to wear, enough jewellery, enough shoes, enough of everything we need. So why do we need more things?

I would like to cut back on our spending. I’d like to be totally content with what we already have. And stop being enticed to buy that next thing that promises to make my life easier! Or better. Or more fun.

This is me venting, rambling, sharing my thoughts, on a topic that I have thought about before, but has become more real to me recently. And I want to change it! How committed am I? Let’s wait and see 🙂

3 thoughts on “Things! What’s the obsession?”

    1. Thank you clarinetpassion, I did really enjoy the article! And it’s true, we all have so much stuff today compared to the 50s, 60s and 70s. And it seems it’s never enough! There is a lot of talk these days about minimalism, but I think some take that too far. I love when he said that all our clothes fitted into a chest of drawers! I wish 🙂 🙂 🙂


      1. yeah paul is more an essay writer than a blogger. He has friends review his essays before he puts them up. As bloggers we probably do not take that musch care. Not that I really want to. Digital clutter sort of grows on you to. Another word that is similar but different to clutter is traffic . It also has physical world and cyber world consequences.


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