Dear Husband and I have many things in common but also many things where we think totally different. He likes to keep stuff and I like to throw things away!
You know all the cardboard boxes from different electronic devices you buy (computers, cameras, mobile phones, etc.)? Up until lately, he would save them! Now I have luckily convinced him that we can live very well without 🙂 On the other hand, every time he can’t find something, he accuses me of having thrown it away (and sometimes, I really did!).
I am not saying that you should throw everything away (although that sometimes I honestly feel like it) and I am not saying that you should keep everything. Like with almost everything in life, it is about finding that balance between two contrasting points. And that is really hard!
There are advantages of living with very few things. When we don’t have a lot, it is much easier to have an overview over what we already have and don’t end up buying more of what we already have. We used to have a lot of office supplies, about 10 years’ worth of cello tape and post-it’s…..until we organized that supply.
On the other hand, some things are also worth saving I guess. This last weekend the kids wanted to paint. Out came dear Husbands very extensive art supply collection from his days as an architecture student more than two decades ago, and we were set!
My mother is also a keeping things kind of person and some of them, even I have to admit, are great! When we go to see them there is always something fun for the kids to play with. Who would have thought that so old Barbies, My Little Ponies and Legos hold so well?
So where is that magic balance? Do you know? I am still trying to find out……