My former life was all about constant consumption. I was making up for something that was lacking my life. I was lacking a whole life mentally. It took years to accomplish this.
I am no longer into constant consumption. While I lived in a RV my life wasn't exactly minimal. I crammed whatever I could into such a small place. While I loved the RV lifestyle, I wasn't exactly thrilled with all the "stuff" I thought I had to cart around with me. I tried to pack a constant consumption life into a small space. I was miserable mentally because of this.
When I made a lot of money I had to buy "stuff" because that's what I thought would bring a happy life to me. I found that I felt empty because of it. I have lived in a huge house and it wasn't me paying the utility bills so I really didn't care about the cost because who was paying the bills made very good money.
Then, reality hit. My marriage failed and I had to take a good hard look at things 25 years ago. Thus, began my life to mentally change to a minimal life. I looked at what was really important and it has taken me a while to figure this out. I had a personality disorder which made things harder on me. Now, that the disorder has been reversed, life is SO much easier and happier! I have finally been able to grasp things mentally that I was unable to before. Don't worry, I'm not going into a book selling pitch - I'm just explaining the truth of the matter.
I no longer have to be under constant consumption. Actually, I ask myself now, "Do I really need this?" "Do I have space for it?" "If I buy this, do I need to clear anything out?"
I clean out my clothes yearly. If I liked something in the thrift store then didn't like it after wearing it a few times, out it goes to another thrift store as a donation.
If someone gives me something and it gets put into storage because it isn't right for me, over time that item is gone. I'm not into storing other people's things because they are clearing things out. I'm not a storage or clearing house because someone doesn't want to take something to a thrift store. I am in the business of lovingly saying the word "no".
As I said at the beginning of this article, "I lead a more simple, intentional life not focused on constant consumption".
I am focused on a living a freer, happy and simple life.