We live pretty non cluttered lives. We can park 2 vehicles in our 2 car garage. We have no basement and nothing in the attic. If we ever have duplicates, we give one away. FreeCycle is a great place to go to rid yourself of things that other frugal folks may want. I am in the process of consolidating my large Craftsman rolling tool chest, it again is just impractical to a point. Id rather have a nice mechanics tool set to carry to any job, instead of running back to the chest all the time. Insider our home, horizontal surfaces are not to be used for storage, only tasteful decoration. We don't collect things. If we don't use it in 12 months, it typically goes. However, it is easier for us now because we committed ourselves to living debt free, so we typically don't buy something if it isn't going to have a specific and necessary purpose. If I bought all of the cool trinkets that I used to, we wouldn't be able to be debt free in our early 30s. Yet, every 6 months we go through the house and do some decluttering. Things will weigh you down, financially and emotionally. Less, IMHO, is more.
Yes, I have a motorcycle... we also have a 2 car household. I know A LOT of couples who own one car, so you COULD argue that with proper planning you COULD live with one car, and 2 is gluttonous. But, really... these are singular items. My take on the OPs message, derived from the USB cable comment, is STUFF... not something large like a vehicle. Now, I think it is ridiculous to own any vehicle that is less then 5 years old considering the depreciation during that time and how reliable they REALLY are. I mean, the argument that you buy a new car to have the warranty and avoid repair costs is a little funny. If you spend $15k more for the new car, and finance it, you are actually saying that you beleive you may have to do more than $18k in repairs to the used car? That is illogical.
The reality is, most people know thay have too much stuff collecting dust. They own it because they want to, and there is nothing wrong with that. They dont de-clutter because they dont want to, not that they couldnt, they just dont want to. I am with the OP though, I go through phases where I NEED to de-clutter and simplify! Speaking of which, I still have a freshly powdercoated MX bike frame and a set of new pipes in my guest closet that I need to list for sale.
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