It's funny, you see those memes that ask the question of "if you could give your young self a piece of advice, what would it be?" Mine would be to save your money. To really ask yourself whether or not you need the DVD, CD, or replica sword. Where's it going to go? What purpose will it serve? Save your money, put it towards something useful.
Our first major hauling was selling our CDs, DVDs, games, and books. It felt great! And we made some money on them. Then came the "hey you're pregnant, need to make space!" Round 2 of decluttering began with stuff. Donating and tossing. Then we had to get rid of a flea infested couch. Then our second couch broke. Which was fine because we needed to make room for more of my son's toys, since he got some large toys for his birthday. The only problem with that is now our apartment isn't very....guest friendly. We have a recliner, a rocking chair (that's on it's way out), and four dining room chairs. Not very inviting! But there's room for improvement. And I do miss having a couch...
Round whatever came with this third pregnancy, and I've got a second wind now that my son is born. I'm just looking around at my bookshelves, at my dishes, and other places and deciding. What needs to go? What don't we need? I'm even looking at my Anne Rice collection and have decided to only keep my favorite books, and she's my favorite author. But the books are just sitting on the shelves, taking up space. Might as well sell em to Half Priced Books!
I'm looking at my books, at my kid's toys. My son has a lot of toys. A lot of large toys. My kids have a lot of stuff period. Now not all toys, but I'm going to go through their stuff and donate what's not used as often. Make some more space.
After their toys, will come my art stuff. Then I'll probably go back through my clothes. Then my CD's and games. I have a lot more crap than my husband has. But it'd be nice if he participated, too. Right now, I'm just concerned with getting stuff out and into someone else's hands.
I have another friend who's also minimizing the material aspects of her life, too. She's a single mom of four, and has found that's it's easier and better spiritually and financially. I agree with that. Her kids don't mind the change either. It's freeing when you're not being controlled by want, desire, and capitalism. I'm not a fan of capitalism, an opinion that was enforced when I worked in retail. Every night, I was restocking shelves of crap. Crap that most people didn't need. Yet due to commercials and such, they spent their money on this crap. I just didn't see the wisdom in it. Save your money and better your lives instead of getting deals and stuff that's just going to rule you.
Eh, it's not for everyone. You work hard for your money, spend it as you see fit. For some, it's a stress reliever. For others it brings them joy. Hey, to each your own. Me? I'm focusing on getting rid of what I don't need and not re-purchasing it later. I'm going to work on paying debts and working towards my goals and dreams. Bettering my family's lives through minimalism, in a way.