Document Your Life #56 – Could You Afford to Lose Your Stuff?

I don’t wear fancy jewelry or designer clothes/shoes, etc. I buy most of my clothes at H&M, Ross, Marshall’s and my shoes at Payless. The only designer items I own are a pair of Tory Burch sandals (4-5 years old) and a 2 Guess handbags that my husband gave me for Christmas.

It’s not that I can’t afford to buy designer wear, I just don’t like to wear or own anything that I can’t afford to lose – at least not when it comes to monetary (not personal) value. The only brand that I do care to buy are Nike or Adidas sneakers.

I think it’s better that way.  If my house was on fire and I had to choose what to save, the only physical things I’d try to salvage would be my computer, my external hard drive (backup of my computer), my engagement ring & my wedding ring (I wear them together) and my passport. And I’d take my car.

I think that’s pretty much it. Everything else has no real value for me. Everything else can easily be replaced – clothes, shoes, books, jewelry…they’re just stuff.

A couple of years ago we’d had workers in our house painting and fixing some things. When the job was done, I discovered that I was missing two perfumes and a camera…and a figurine that was a wedding present had been broken and left behind the TV (hoping we wouldn’t find it, I guess).

They’d obviously stolen and broken these things. I couldn’t prove anything, and nobody knew anything so nothing happened. Of course, I was upset about it.  I fixed the figurine with some glue but never recovered the stolen things. Thinking back, the only reason I was upset about it was because I’d attached personal value to (especially) the two perfumes. When my mother died, she’d left behind the perfumes and I took them as something to remember her by. That was the value. They weren’t crazy, expensive perfumes so they could easily be replaced…but their personal value couldn’t.

The camera was a small Flip camera and I only found out that it was missing some time after the whole case. It was unfortunate, yes, but as it had no personal value…it wasn’t the end of the world.

That’s how I like live. I don’t like to have things of too much value – things that I can’t afford to lose. The jewelry that I wear are all “$20 jewelry” that I’ve bought mostly on amazon.com. Okay, maybe they’re not all exactly $20, but they’re cheap and can easily be replaced.

I think that if you don’t attach yourself too much to material objects, your life will be so much easier. Now, if I could only figure out how to live a more minimalist lifestyle, that would just be perfect.

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