In recent years, I have tried to put a ban on myself buying new things, particularly clothes and shoes off the high street because of the sheer amount of 'things' I have bought over the years and now I am starting to I feel like I want to free myself from all these belongings in an ethical way.
Take my friend A for instance, who can fit all his belongings into a holdall and large rucksack. When he is travelling, he takes what he needs in his rucksack, and leaves the holdall with someone to keep safe. When questioning him on how he has so much little stuff (I was completely shocked when he disclosed this fact), he merely replied 'why would I need anymore?' And he's right! I am completely envious that he can live this way. It seems so stark but at the same time, to me, this signifies freedom!
My solution to the problem of feeling weighed down with so many things is to be ruthless! I have found it very difficult as I hate parting with things but I know this has to be done. So the ethical way to approach this? Well I'm certainly not throwing away, but I am doing this:
- Ebay all the things I don't need, wear or use- so that someone else can get some use out of them and I can save some money for future plans.
- I am going to give some things to a local charity shop- charity shops have helped me find some fabulous things over the years, so it's my turn to give back!
- Perhaps even have a car boot sale when it's warm!
I have a few ideas of what I'd like to do, such as building an ethical capsule wardrobe rather than having huge amounts of clothes, some of which rarely see daylight. I'd like to travel, so it'd be helpful to figure out what the core things I need are in life so that I can (temporarily) live from a (very large) rucksack. I would like to break my consumerist ways and realise that things aren't really what make you happy, so I don't need to buy and hoard, but I need to spend more time with the people I love and have experiences which I can always treasure.
I don't think I'll ever be living out of a rucksack and a holdall, I have too many sentimental things that I have collected over the years that I certainly wont be getting rid of! But I'd be happy with a rucksack, a suitcase and a few extra boxes!