I was driving in a big city noticing all of the storage facilities that people can rent to store their possessions if they don’t have room in their home. I probably saw 10 different rental storage facilities within a 3 mile radius. There are storage units that have climate control; storage units that are behind secured gates; storage units that are remote controlled; even storage units that can be brought to your home to load and then delivered to another storage facility.
There are green ones, brown ones, tan ones and orange ones. There are big ones, tiny ones, square ones and tall ones.
Why is this such big business and the need to have so many storage facilities necessary? Because we like stuff! And we have too much of it! What good does it do to have so much stuff? We can’t take it with us when we die. There is a saying, “I’ve never seen a hearse pulling a Uhaul.”
Why do we collect more stuff and then pay for the stuff to be kept in a storage unit, off site, away from our home to probably not be used again – or at least for a long time. I read a great book titled “Living with Less” by Mark Tabb. It really helped me to see getting rid of stuff as an exercise for helping others instead of “parting with something I might use one day”.
The concept behind Living with Less is that you get rid of things in your house that you really don’t need or use and give it away to make a difference to other people.
I like stuff, too. I’m not saying to get rid of everything, but maybe now is the time to start looking around and see what you have that you don’t use; that’s just taking up valuable space.
Enjoy what you have but look to make a simpler, more organized life. Keep what you need and what you enjoy. Give away what you don’t. Simpler life is a better life.
I challenge you to read the book Living with Less by Mark Tabb and Sink Reflections by Marla Cilley – The Fly Lady. Then let me know how much better you feel without all that stuff!!
Because here’s the secret………..When we die, all we need is Jesus. John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.