The Good Stuff Ain’t Stuff

The reason they call it the American Dream is because you have to be asleep to believe it. – George Carlin

I don’t know if you remember George Carlin’s bit about stuff. His stand-up routine was about people and their relationship with their stuff. He jokes about storing stuff, packing stuff and buying bigger houses to keep all of the stuff. It is quite funny and really rings true. It is considered normal to spend a lot of our money on stuff. It is also normal to spend time shopping for stuff, organizing stuff and repairing our stuff. Then people have yard sales so they can sell their stuff, and people go to garage sales so they can buy other peoples stuff. There are businesses like self storages to store your extra stuff and stores that only sell stuff that you can put your stuff into.

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A house is just a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get more stuff. ~George Carlin

Imagine if we stopped buying stuff and started making do with what we already had. Imagine having no car payment or not even owning a car. Imagine having no more credit card bills. If we stopped buying so much stuff then we would need less money. We could move into smaller spaces because we would not need room for all of the stuff.  The smaller place would cost less money. It would take less time to organize. If we stopped buying so much stuff and moved to a small place we could even reconsider what we did for a living. If we did not need so much money then we could save more. This may allow us to do things like travel more or have more adventures. This may also give us more happiness because we can do something meaningful that we love for a living. We would not be driven by our paycheck. We could give more money to charity instead of spending it on useless stuff. We may even have less stress being out of the rat race and live longer. What if we just did not care about stuff anymore? How could our lives change?

How can our lives change if you did not care about stuff anymore?

  • Need less money
  • Have a meaningful career
  • Less stress
  • More free time
  • More traveling or adventures
  • Live longer
  • Give more to charity

Getting the stuff out of the way leaves room for the good stuff. And the good stuff ain’t even stuff at all.

3 thoughts on “The Good Stuff Ain’t Stuff

  1. Couldn’t agree more. Everything I own these days fits inside a 40′ RV. Never been happier … and Oh the adventures we have and the places we go! Stuff weighs one down. For me it is the experiences and the people in my life that matter.

  2. I admire you so much and admit that I am envious of your lifestyle! Minimalism is different for everybody. For some it’s just making a decision not to own things that don’t bring joy. For others it’s downsizing to an RV and traveling the country! I am still not certain where it will take me, but with each trip to the Salvation Army I feel lighter and lighter! I would love to hear more of your adventures and how you got to where you are now. Can you share some of your insight on how you downsized?

    • Pippy, I completely agree. As you’ve pointed out, minimalism can mean and be different things for different people.

      Downsizing wasn’t something that happened ‘overnight’, it was a gradual process that in truth (this time) began a few years before Paul and I made the leap to living in an RV. This is actually the second time I’ve given up the majority of my belongings and moved from what RVers call a sticks and brick home to a more mobile one in order to be able to travel.

      This time the process began when I sold the prior RV where I housed a lot of costumes (and other items). The sale of the RV meant I had to find room in the house, or get rid of some of the items. Then, not long after that, I also sold my house and moved to a townhouse. I used the move as a catalyst to go through my belongings and get rid of things that no longer served me…(but trust me, that still left a whole lot of ‘stuff’)!

      Then when Paul and I decided to move into an RV, I knew from my first go round at this life-style that most things had to ‘go’. Decisions had to be made concerning what items were true necessities (a toothbrush for instance – LOL) and what items were just things I wanted to keep, (a special brownie pan for instance). Obviously space had to first be found for the necessities. After that, the hard decisions were made based upon how much space was left for our ‘wants’.

      I definitely had an emotional attachment to some items so it was more difficult to give up some things than others. (Sentimental value items mean the most to me and I’ve found room for some of those). I went ahead and passed family heirlooms to one of my nieces. Paul and I sold a few things on Craigs List and eBay. We donated some things to charities and then the remainder of our ‘estate’ was sent to auction. (That was tough in seeing what some like new items sold for)! But it was worth it!!

      Someone recently asked me if there is anything I got rid of that I wished I hadn’t. Yes. A pair of brown cowboy boots! Not bad for having given up 98% of my possessions. The other thing I really miss is my king-size bed. (We have a queen in our RV).

      What is fulfilling to me is the adventures we are having, the places we are visiting, the new friendships we’re creating and the ‘old’ friends we are still able to spend time with. I love always being able to visit new and different places. For me, this makes me ‘rich’ with experiences even if I am ‘poor’ in possessions.

      Side note: Paul and I both blog if you’re interested in ‘keeping’ up with us, web address is: http://www.justkreuzin.com/home.html

      I am really enjoying your blog! Great work Pippy. :^)

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