Moderation in all things, is still great advice, if you can stick to it. We are spoiled for choice. So many options, so many choices, and it ends up filling up our lives with stuff we don’t really need or use, or even want. But, it gets hard to make a decision about what to keep and what to do once we manage to make a decision.
Throwing things away seems wasteful, unappreciative, and not good for the environment. But, more often it seems the only way to get rid of stuff as everyone else also has too much stuff and doesn’t need our overabundance.
Try to think about not bringing more stuff into your home, your space. Avoid free stuff you don’t really need. Stop buying in bulk just because it was a really good deal and you might use or need all of that stuff, eventually.
Most of us acquire stuff because we think the more options we have, the more satisfied we’ll be. Turns out, we’re wrong. “There’s no question that some choice is better than none, but it doesn’t follow that more choice is better than some choice,” says Swarthmore College psychologist Barry Schwartz.In fact, a surplus of choices can end up making us less happy. We may get paralyzed by the sheer proliferation (like deciding which of 100 yogurts to buy at the store), plagued by regret about what we didn’t choose — and then we blame ourselves when our choices disappoint.