Stop Telling Me What I Need

Things… things… more things… things everywhere! Photo by Camille Villanueva on Unsplash

I’m currently in the middle of moving house (my family house) and I am just… OVERWHELMED. SO MANY THINGS, EVERYWHERE! Upstairs, downstairs, in the bedrooms, in the living room, in the dining room, in the kitchen. Big, medium, small. The more I move things, THE MORE THINGS I SEE (is it possible that the things reproduce when I’m not looking?).

Oh Lord. Help.

There are things that I have never even seen before and I have been living in this house for a little more than 4 years (rough estimation).

What on Earth???

Okay, I’m taking a deep breath now. Calm the hell down, Aggy.

*looked around*

*head exploded*

Honestly, the stream of items I have packed and the ones I have yet to pack are just endless.

I have adjusted to a life of having as little things as possible (I can’t afford to have a lot of things with my travelling lifestyle) and even with the little things I have, I think I can still reduce.

Having travelled and moved from one country to another quite a lot, I have been teaching myself not to buy something unless it’s absolutely necessary.

Of course I treat myself every now and then but honestly, ever since I learn how to minimize my possession, I realize how bad consumerism is.

Don’t get me wrong. I used to be like that too. I loved shopping. I loved buying things.

Until I had to move from one country to another for the very first time.

The amount of things I had to move… Not to mention the sum I had to pay to ship my things… NEVER AGAIN.

Moving houses has put me off shopping.

Really, if you want to get rid of your shopping habit, just move house without enlisting help from a lot of people. You’ll be surprised how much it puts you off buying things!

Even with this huge amount of things, there are still people telling me that I need to buy more things to be happy. The sale signs in bold red letters in the shopping mall… and I see people falling victims everywhere.

Don’t go there! It’s a trap!

Look, if the things on sale happens to be the very things you need, good for you! But if you are buying these things just because it’s on sale, you need to ask yourself, “Do I really need this? When will I use this?

If the answer is no and sometime in the far future then it’s probably a good idea to put that thing down and walk away.

Trust me, I’m writing this in the middle of moving house and right now, I really wish that my family and I HAVE LESS STUFF.

I also wish that I didn’t fall for the trap in the past. I wish I had said no when other people or the advertisements told me what I need. After all, how do they know what I need when they don’t even live my life?

What is also important to remember is that what makes one person happy doesn’t necessarily makes the other happy too.

And I’m definitely not happy with having more things at the moment.

Having said that, anyone want to help me move house?

Writer by heart. Teacher (English, Yoga, Pilates) by trade. Avid reader. World traveller. Model. You can reach me at

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