Throw away 1 thing per day is a challenge.
It started with a modern life problem of having too much, which today people call materialism.
The problem start starts following.
As we progress in life we want to have more, faster and bigger. We want to earn more money, we want to have a better car and we want become more impatient, so we want to have it faster and faster.
While this formula for life sounds nice, we are facing the problem of scarcity.
We don’t have infinite amount of money, or at least most of us don’t, and every extra thing we (want to) own has to go somewhere.
For example, if we buy a new bicycle, we need to put it somewhere. Therefore, we need a bigger storage space. The bigger storage place will probably be in our house, so we need a bigger house. A bigger house means that we will have extra rooms, which have to be decorated. All of the above will cost some quantity of money, but the starting point is desire to have a new bicycle.
Of course, the bicycle is only an example. Every person has something like a bicycle which they what to have. In fact, there is almost a list of things people want to have which they want to have. It is a progress list. After I buy this, a new thing appears.
The interesting thing about this list is that it is infinite. However, if you are to ask people they don’t see it this way. For people, they only concentrate on the next thing in the list and they often think that this is it.
This short-term orientation of people comes from idea of fixing problems in their lives with material goods and the idea that the next thing in the list will somehow make all the difference.
It does not. Just ask a person who already has the next thing that you want.
So solution is not more things. In fact, it never was.
Since we live in developed world, majority of us have enough food, cloth, health and shelter. Realistically, we don’t need anything else. Everything else was sold to us by modern day society, pretending to be something that we MUST have, but it is rarely the case.
Imagine if we saved our money on all these small things extra we use everyday in our lives? No TVs, no smart phones, no dinners in sushi restaurants…
Some people can’t imagine this kind of life. It can be even scary to entertain such an idea.
Getting rid of stuff is a scary process. We have spend our lives living materialistic dream, whereby we were accumulating thing and not really throwing things away.
Often we don’t even remember what we have in our storage until we see it and our materialistic mind still tells us that we need it and that we might want to store it for 5 more years in storage, just in case.
We have stored things for many different reasons (as I have mentioned it in my other article Hoarding – Secret Materialist Inside on Us), but to break this assumption we need to get rid of stuff we already have.
We don’t want to throw away everything, nor majority of us could master enough will power to do so.
Underneath our taught person look we are very fragile. We hide behind our stuff and comfort it gives us.
To take on this big monster, my friend proposed an easy solution whereby instead of making a house cleaning, we throw away only 1 thing per day.
This is easy and everyone can find something that they can throw away today and tomorrow.
In fact, the more we look through things we own, the more we realize how many things we don’t need.
This is a process and throwing away 1 thing per day help to go through this therapeutic process.
Soon enough, we start asking ourselves “do I really need this new thing?” After all, you will have to throw away something soon, so if what you buy is not good enough, it goes straight into garbage, equivalent to putting your money straight into garbage.
Interestingly enough, this is exactly what I see some people do. They buy useless things, completely convinced they need them and in few days they put it into some box that they will not look for years, just because they cannot admit to themselves that they did a mistake buying that thing.
After several years, of such accumulation, people move into bigger houses filled with junk.
Pure economic nightmare.
In conclusion, we don’t need more things and we don’t need extra money to get these things.
By understanding it we can finally see that we don’t need to work for money. We don’t need to spend extra hours at work looking for a raise, or to stay in dead end job because it pays our bills. We can work in a lower pay jobs, as long as they are more satisfying and fulfilling.
Moreover, by taking a Throw Away 1 Thing Per Day challenge, we will realize how much, too much, we already have.
We will start to define our happiness in other terms than money, such as, spending time with our friends, spending time on nature and going on adventures that we wanted to do for years.
But it all starts with 1 things.
This is 1 thing less that you will have to throw away per day.