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Considering The True Value Of Stuff (Clutter)

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Considering The True Value Of Stuff (Clutter)

Strangely enough, the conversation about the true value of stuff started during a group call when a student asked, “What about all of these business cards?” Years ago, she had a job that allowed her to meet a great many people and accumulate a great many business cards. She didnít actually know any of them but she was resisting letting them go. She said, ďI feel like these are connections, potential connections, and while Iíve never used them, and I donít know what Iíd use them for, I canít seem to make myself put them in the recycling pile.Ē

Sometimes we cling to things that no longer serve us because we have a false understanding of their value.

If a business card is the only connection between you and another human being, itís probably not enough for you to call the pair of you connected. If that encounter didnít result in something more substantial than a business card exchange, these tokens are rarely worth keeping.

Again, this process is about releasing that which no longer serves us and a business card has a pretty specific range of possibility and it narrows with every day that passes without action. If youíre going to be in touch, get in touch. If youíre going to add someone (with permission) to your professional mailing list, add them. If you made a useful connection, do whatever youíre going to do with it. Add that person to your address book and let go of that piece of paper.

Remember, releasing a business card that doesnít actually have any value for you doesnít mean the other person is going to vanish from the face of the earth. It doesnít mean you didnít meet them. It doesnít even mean you didnít think they were cool, or nice, or pretty. Recycling that tiny piece of paper just means there is nothing else for you to do with the information. Again for clarity, it means it doesnít actually serve you anymore. Its value has declined over time to the point that the space it occupies is of more value than the business card. Let it go.

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12:43PM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

Idea: all the magazines sent to you from non-profits can be donated to vet, doctor, dentist, ect. offices. :) Also, all the pamphlets and stuff I get I keep in folders neatly labeled and mounted on my wall so I can easily give information to any curious visitors! ^_^

11:12AM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

I'm a paper clutter freak. I am afraid I will want to reread something that I forgot about and won't have it.

I'm also a clothes freak. I worked at a store where I got great discounts on clothes and I just hate to let them go.

I will work on getting rid of at least some of them!!

8:29AM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

working on my clutter - slow but sure

11:54PM PST on Mar 7, 2012

Great article! Thanks for the advice--I'm ready to start purging.

6:16AM PST on Mar 2, 2012

Jay W., I am in the same boat. I came to this city with a large purse and a medium dog 38 years ago I struggled for pennies for many years and raised a child on next to nothing and the thrift store. Now, many people would consider me well off. I filled my apartment with stuff I found in the street and refinished or fixed stuff up. One day I looked around and realized I could hardly move around and couldn't always find what I actually wanted or needed in the chaos. I also owned a vacation house that was totally filled with fabulous things and stuff I thought I might need again some day. Then came the rented storage rooms. But as I have learned the hard way, letting go of all this stuff let's new and much better stuff come into your life. You need to trust that you will never be poor again. When I finally got rid of a terribly dense last huge pile in my apartment this December I treated myself and my husband to a short fun cruise and took only a large purse for a week. Our son and his wife came along and we had the best time ever. When I came home I looked around and was totally happy. I have faith in you Jay. Truly rich people don't need much of anything.

3:08AM PST on Mar 2, 2012

at one time i had nothing and nowi have too much and cannot bring myself to part with it even tho i agree with everything in this article

4:26AM PST on Mar 1, 2012

I used to download and print books and articles to read at home which now occupy a large portion of my bookcase, I guess it's time to say goodbye to them in order to release space. I'm starting this weekend. thanks.

8:19PM PST on Feb 27, 2012

i'm not good at this.

1:54PM PST on Feb 27, 2012

Just what I needed to read today, as I sort thru boxes, preparing for our move! Thx!

11:18AM PST on Feb 27, 2012

solution could be biodegradable coffins made of business cards, library over due notices, etc...yes! You could take it with you (at least for a while).

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