Can you use some help on how to avoid getting attached to material belongings? Have you ever looked into the minimalist approach at living with less? If so, then you know that decluttering your home is one of the biggest challenges on the list. It’s easy for things to take up our lives without us even realizing it.
This goes for parting with items that you might have created a detrimental attachment with. Learning how to avoid getting attached to belongings is hard, but you can do it!
We’re not saying that every keepsake that you own has to find its way out to the curb. Just don’t allow that object to be a constant reminder of a better life you once lived or hoped for.
How to Avoid Getting Attached to Material Belongings
Are you interested in the path to becoming a better version of yourself? Here are a few tips that can help you avoid becoming attached to material belongings. These tips can also help you find ways of letting them go if they already have a foothold on you.
Ask Yourself “Why Am I Attached” To Material Belongings?
Before you can find how to avoid becoming attached to material things, you have to find out what causes these attachments in the first place. This will help you get to the root of any attachment you might have and prevent any future attachments to things from becoming a stranglehold on your life. Let’s dig a little deeper to see how we can form an unhealthy bond with an object.
Know It Holds a Cherished Memory
Do you have any memorabilia, souvenirs, or keep-sakes that you hold onto because it reminds you of a distant fond memory? While there’s nothing wrong with having something to remember someone or some event by, if that prize becomes an idol, you could be creating a big problem.
Another danger of a momento that holds a cherished memory is that you find yourself living in the past, believing the best is behind you. This may give you a poor outlook on life and could develop a poor attitude.
Entertaining the Thought that You Might Need It Again
A big reason why people have a hard time letting go of stuff is that they think they might possibly need to use it again down the road. Stop and consider that maybe you could borrow or rent this item if needed again, instead of it collecting dust.
That Object is Connected to Your Self-Worth
Did you win a lot of sports trophies when you were younger? You find yourself holding on to them to remember your successes and triumphs from long ago. There’s nothing wrong with having them, but if you’re not careful, you might allow your self-worth to get intertwined with that trophy.
Physical objects can become an anchor that holds us back in the past, instead of allowing us to step into the future.
Emotional Attachment that Brings Prestige
Have you ever owned a nice big truck or a snazzy sports car? You might deep down believe that you can’t get the right girl or guy without it. You might even have a feeling of success or a bigger ego with it. This is extremely dangerous to continue heading down this kind of path.
Avoid So Much Physical Contact
Did you ever watch or read the books series involving “The Lord of the Rings”? A certain character named Gollum became so emotionally attached to a ring that it consumed his mind and became all he cared about. All of this happened because of the amount of physical touch he had with that ring.
This might seem ridiculous, but it’s been proven to be true. The same can happen for you and me if we cherish something through physical contact every day. Be careful how much you pick up an object because that shows where your heart is.
Have Only the Essentials
Another great way to steer clear of becoming attached to material belongings is by having only the essentials. A minimalist that can do this will find their passion in life by investing in others, rather than investing themselves with things to make them happy.
Declutter from Time to Time
Decluttering your home from time to time is another great way of keeping you from growing attached to stuff. If you find this difficult to do, invite a friend over to help you in the process.
They can bring laughter, even during the hard task of letting go. Trying to do so on your own might have you getting lost down memory lane and never getting out. Declutter Stuff
Remind Yourself that Things are Temporary
When we die, there’s nothing that is coming with us. Everything that we own right now is temporary, so we shouldn’t try and hold on to everything like it is. Remind yourself of this when you’re tempted to hold on items, particularly ones you haven’t used for some time.
Try to Sell Things Before It’s Too Late
Throwing a garage sale each year can help you weed things out easier. If someone offers you a slightly less amount for it, you have to battle through that attachment and allow it to leave your driveway.
Learn to Transform those Belongings
Do you have an old wedding dress that was your mother’s or small clothing that you wore as a baby tucked away? I don’t believe that you will be wearing them anytime soon, so what is their purpose?
How about transforming them into a beautiful quilt that can serve you well and you can share their stories with your family?
Choose Relationships Over Things
When it comes down to it, you have to decide which is more important. Is your life filled with more purpose when you are holding on to relationships or when you’re holding onto things? You can’t fully be invested into one while holding tightly onto the other.
Become Content with Memories Over Things
The last thing you need to learn is how to be content with the memory and not the object. Even if you were to let the item go, that memory will never go away. You just don’t need to be reminded of that memory on a daily basis.
These are a few ways that you can create an unhealthy bond with getting attached to material belongings and ways that you can prevent the tendency to keep them beyond their usefulness. Have you ever created an attachment with an object and struggled to part with it? If so, tell us about it.
If you’ve found other ways to avoid becoming attached to possessions, what have you discovered? Thanks again for prepping, it’s important we be prepared for the unexpected. May God bless this world, Linda