The Things You Own End Up Owning You

Plastic spring sale box with toys, clothes, white grey background copy space top view

I was first exposed to the title of this article in the hit movie Fight Club, and it resonates in my life.

I have an attic filled with boxes I’ll never open, an extra car in my garage that I never drive, a boat that sits in paid-storage that breaks down yearly, and so many children’s toys scattered around that you’d think I live in a childcare center.

The clutter makes me feel overburdened. I’m tired of maintaining everything and even more tired of paying for it all.

Graham Hill, the founder of LifeEdited.com and Treehugger.com, realized the same thing about his own life and he went on to become a defining voice in the minimalism movement.

I first discovered him through a TED talk where he discussed how editing the things you don’t need out of your life allows you to focus more on what makes you happy.

It’s excellent and I’m finally starting to heed his advice. I’ve taken the first step toward editing things out of my life.

That collector car that sits unused in my garage—I’m tired of cleaning up its leaking oil, trickle charging its battery, and watching it collect dust only so I have to wash it again.  This car owns me, but it won’t for much longer.

I’ve posted it for sale.

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Adam Lucas holds a Finance degree and an MBA from the University of Kentucky. His work has appeared in many major outlets including AARP.org and GoBankingRates.com.