This is the mantra that started it all for me. My "aha moment".
My stuff prevents me from having the life I want. My time is spent to clean my stuff, to sort my stuff, to acquire my stuff, to replace my stuff, to protect my stuff, etc... I could go on & on.
I quickly amassed stuff because that's what I thought success looked & felt like. That's what adults do, right? Shopping was ingrained in me as a hobby - a sport, & I was bound for the gold medal.
At 31, my house was bursting at the seams with stuff.
I was constantly stressed. If I wanted to put new stuff away, I'd have no place because the old stuff was taking up all the storage. The storage areas & the piling new stuff became like programs running in the background on your computer. They sucked my energy subconsciously.
Not only were there logistical concerns, I also worked endlessly to buy said stuff. In essence, I traded my time for money for stuff. Therefore, bills added to my stress.
As I purged the stuff, I focused on experiences instead - traveling, concerts, nice restaurants with my husband, festivals, etc... I have amassed countless, precious memories that require no storage, no cleaning, no protection, and no replacing. I have shared them with loved ones & new friends.
Stuff comes & goes. My memories I can store without limit, & I do so happily.