Another Reason to Own Less

Another Reason to Own Less
I’ve been hemorrhaging money lately. Car repairs, garbage disposal replacement, and inevitable stuff like that have really financially hurt lately. Then my TV started having issues. My parents just gave us a new TV. And hooked it up. I am so grateful.
Now I need to get rid of the old one. It is huge, bulky, and astonishingly heavy. I need two things: to have the City of Lansing pick it up at the curb and to get it to the curb in the first place. The bulk item tag will likely cost >$30, but first I have to actually get it to the curb. I might call one of those “honey-do” places. That alone might cost up to $50.
I am accustomed to the concept of paying to get things, but I never thought about the back end of the obsession of acquisition. Getting rid of stuff isn’t always free, either. Imagine if everyone had to spend a dollar to throw away an item of clothing. People would buy a lot less clothing.
Is this how hoarding starts for some? I just wonder. Living on a fixed income forces me to ask, “How much is it worth to you to get this out of the house and off your property?” I’ve been wanting to get rid of that TV for a while, so I’ve understood that answer for a while now. However, I can see how people with even less money might end up hoarding by default.


About cdhoagpurple

I have an MBA, am married to a GM/UAW retiree with Huntington's Disease. I am more Buddhist than Christian. I plan on moving to Virginia when widowed. I have a friend''s parents that live down there and another friend living in Maryland. I am simplifying my life in preparation for the eventual move.Eight years ago, my husband had stage 4 cancer. I am truly "neither here nor there." My identity shifts and I am always surprised where I end up. 2015 was my hardest year ever. This is my Dark Night of the Soul. Welcome to it.

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