I have done ALOT of thinking & pondering upon all sorts of things....and I have come to the conclusion that I want to SIMPLIFY my life & belongings to some degree this year. A perfect example of what I am referring to is this: I sit & watch my former best friend (that's a subject for a different day) buy & buy & buy stuff for his hobby...whether its uniforms...or flags or patches or vests....he NEVER stops...all the while moaning about how they "don't" have money even though he makes frequent trips out of state to various surplus shops & spends $400 or more on ebay in a given month....then consistently BOASTS about it all all over the internet even though he doesn't even have a job.... I was into the same hobby for many years however the more that I see...the less interest I have in the hobby. I personally haven't had the funds to continue the collecting, and it's been 4 years since I bought new items. The hobby I am referring to is militaria collecting. My TRUE passion is MUSIC....I buy cds & records & the occasional mp3...although I spend $100 or less each month generally. But my point is this..militaria enthusiasts are among the MOST arrogant, prideful & know-it-all people that I have ever been around...of course not everyone is that way...just most....meanwhile music buffs such as myself...are typically NOT that way....most are...in fact, the complete opposite.
So while observing my friend & the many others...I realized that I have NO desire to be like them or any need for all of that crap ...I have no kids or anyone interested in which to leave it all to....so why bother stockpiling it...especially when regular home insurance doesn't even cover it...so if something happened...it's ALL lost anyways... So I have been working on selling portions of it off....unfortunately...I am generally losing money on everything...BUT...if it is less clutter around...then it's worthwhile I suppose. My problem has always been....that I have or had WAY TOO MANY hobbies. Just some of the things that I have collected over the years include: militaria, music, movies, comics, baseball cards, GIJOE figures, mardi gras memorabilia, coins, stamps, books, movie memorabilia, PEZ dispensers & I am sure many more. Luckily...my OCD keeps alot of things in check & from getting too far out of hand. So...I finally got rid of my coins....sold off my movie memorabilia, GI JOE figures & PEZ dispensers...and shredded my baseball cards...YEP...shredded....why? because it cost more to attempt to sell them than what I would have gotten...so...I made baseball card mulch out of probably 30-35 complete card sets. I now buy books on Kindle instead of on paper...so that saves TONS of space., and I no longer buy movies....if I want to see one...I will redbox it or netflix it. I figure that I will keep 1 main hobby.....and perhaps a couple of secondary ones. Because less is sooo much better.
I LOVE micro or tiny houses...& I always think.....If I had one....what would I take....and what would get sold or trashed due to space. Unfortunately...I have a long way to go to be where I want to be with "downsizing" my life & belongings & eliminating clutter...BUT every little bit helps out...and as long as I know where & what I want to be...then I can & WILL make it......But I guess that's just the way the story goes......till next time