Stuff. We accumulate a lot of stuff. The problem with stuff is that we – as humans – can attach emotions and memories to the most random of objects. Selling things like our infant car seat (“Both kids came home in that car seat!”) and a clock (“Wasn’t that a gift from you? Yes, but I can’t remember which holiday”) brought up warm and fuzzy feelings of the past. But does that mean that we need to collect these items? I mean, who in the heck is going to use our infant car seat? In another year, it’s going to be so outdated in comparison to the latest and greatest models. All it’s going to do is sit in our garage or attic and collect dust. So rather than live in the past, we decided to help our future.
Kind of reminds me of one of my favorite scenes from American Beauty. Lester is trying to reconnect with his wife and almost spills beer on their $4,000 sofa upholstered in Italian silk. His wife freaks out. But his response was so spot on:
This isn’t life, it’s just stuff. And it’s become more important to you than living.
Update 6/14/12: I came across this article today on ManVsDebt.com. It gives a few solutions to help get rid of the sentimental stuff that we tend to cling to: http://manvsdebt.com/sentimental-clutter/