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My Assault on Stuff & What I'm Doing Next

My recent war that I've been waging has been against stuff. For a while (and by that I mean since 7th grade), I've produced my own income and spent most of it on things from the internet. I've talked about this before so I won't bore you with the laundry lists of my posessions.

Then when I sold my house in North Austin, I was faced with the prospect of moving all that stuff. My most financially productive years were while I lived there, so I bought a ton of stuff. During that period of collection it never occurred to me that I would eventually move. My garage as well as one of the bedrooms in the house because warehouses for my things.

When I moved, I took a pretty extreme approach. I went through every item in the house and made a decision - either I needed it or not. If it was worth more than $50 or so I sold it. If it was worth less than that I put it in a bedroom. If it was worth less than $5-10 I donated it or threw it away. I posted my address on craigslist and let people go into the bedroom and take all that they wanted. Within a few hours the bulk of my stuff was taken away.

The Zen of Not Buying So Much Stuff

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Photo is a very clean dinner table set up before a legendary Christmas Party with some very old friends.

I love efficiency. I always love figuring out the most efficient way of doing things. Whether it be packing for an overseas trip or simply figuring out a better way of cleaning the sink, I am all about efficiency.

However, I also love stuff. Too often, I'm tempted to buy things that eventually turn out to be unnecessary. In my quest to be efficient, I tend to buy many products that seem to make things more efficient but in truth, don't. You stop being efficient because you now have too much stuff. This real

Whenever I'm confronted with the urge to buy a new item, I now put myself through a 5-stage process to ensure that what I'm buying, I really need.

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