Seeing our stuff differently

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My grandmother was a hoarder. Her house was so full of stuff. I try to keep clutter out of my house, but I love to find great discounts and deals.  Some days I will wander stores looking for something to buy without any good reason. I felt like something was missing?

Does your stuff own you?

Sometimes it feels that we are in a constant pursuit for something different. After we buy one thing, we are already making our lists up for something else we believe we need. What do we end up with? Houses full of piles of stuff. I always have good intentions to get rid of stuff, but my house would be the place where you would find a How To Get Rid of Clutter book lost at the bottom of a huge pile. Do you struggle with feeling like your stuff has taken over?

First, we need to deal with our connection to things.

A change in thinking

Romans 12:2  “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Are you part of our consumer society? Could you imagine taking on the idea of not making a purchase for a year? Where would you start?

Scott Dannemiller tells you all about his family’s year in his book A Year Without A Purchase. I was disappointed when I started reading his book, because I thought this would be a how-to book. This book is definitely a MUST read though.

His book gives you great insights and understanding into our consumer tendencies, while telling memorable stories.

They decide to not make a purchase for a whole year; with a couple guidelines.

He walks you through his year and even some interesting problems they encounter such as:   birthday presents, broken appliances, and even holidays. He shares lessons and stories together to make them easier to remember and become relate-able. Each chapter starts with a Bible verse.
At the end he gives you a couple lists of helpful tips.

The best part is that he is completely honest in his short comings and doesn’t sugar coat his experience.

He fills his books with information from studies he gathered through his year which will help you see your stuff differently. Stuff isn’t bad as it is, but the relationship we have with our stuff may be unhealthy. This isn’t a book that will show you how to stop spending money, but it may help you refocus on what is truly important. We keep ourselves so busy that we don’t hear what is most important; we are children of God, whom he loves.

Do you think you could make it the year? I would love to hear your thoughts or questions in the comments below.


Maybe you aren’t ready for a year without spending; I am going to start with decluttering my house. I created a week long printable for organizing my decluttering goals.

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7 Replies to “Seeing our stuff differently

  1. very interesting. I have that tendency toward saving stuff for just-in-case or because I see potential for future. I look forward to having a peek at this book – thank you for sharing your story and recommendation with us.

    1. That is exactly what I do, I see the possibilities in things and don’t want to get rid of them. It can be so hard letting things go.

  2. That book sounds so interesting! I certainly don’t think that I could manage it, but I think it would challenge my relationship with stuff, and that can only be a good thing!

    1. You should read it. If you base success on actually making it through the year with no purchase, they didn’t make it. The year changed how they saw things and shared such great insights, which I think is a success in itself. And it made me laugh.

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