Too Much Stuff?

If you were to peek into the average woman’s closet, you’d find an average of 30 outfits. That’s one for every day of the month! In 1930, that number was significantly less..it was 9.
Did you know that the average American family spends $1,700 on clothes but also throws away 65 pounds of clothing every year?
We all know that women love to shop. Who doesn’t? Sometimes women spend hours online or in store looking around at whtat is available. However, it is a fact that women will spend more than eight years of their lives shopping. That’s a long time!
Americans spend more on shoes, jewelry, and watches ($100 billion) than they do on higher education.
Here’s a real shocker: Americans spend $1.2 trillion annually on nonessential goods—in other words, items they don’t need.
What does all this prove? It proves that we just have way too much stuff.
Take another look at that shocking statement. Why have our consumption of goods increased over the years? More outfits, more shoes, more jewelry, more watches, more toys…more, more, more. No wonder why the average size of an American home has tripled over the past 50 years! All of that stuff has to go somewhere.
We sometimes complain about our closets being too small. Well how about decreasing the amount of clothes you own to fit that closet?
Why buy your children more toys when they already have many?
All of those industries out there want you to buy their products. They will use every excuse: new fashion, keep up to date, children will love it etc. to market their products and the public falls for it. We should spend our money on things that are essential.
Excessive consumption of items/products we don’t need leaves us with a problem called:clutter. Why else has there been a rise of self-storage units across our country? People have so much stuff that they need to pay to store it somewhere else.
One of my own personal rules is: if I haven’t worn it/used it/needed it in one year then I need to sell/give/get rid of it.

If you have a weakness for shopping then try spending only when you need to. (Know the difference from your wants and needs!) It’ll help you stay on budget (if you have one) and allow you to put that money aside for something else. You really don’t need to have all that clothes. If you have just 2 outfits you have more clothes than Jesus ever did because he only had 1.
If we can learn to live with less we can be so much happier. We will have more money to save, have less debt, and even live a better life.

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