Every time Dan and I move (five times so far), someone comments about how much they hate moving and how much stuff they have. They then declare, “you may not have that much stuff now but just wait until you’ve been married for more than five years, or ten years, or have kids.”

Now, I despise moving too. And we have too much stuff as well. But we’ve been married for nearly eleven years, have two kids and have roughly the same amount of stuff we started out with (even though we’ve added two family members).

This didn’t happen by accident.

The default is acquiring more stuff. Birthday presents, Christmas presents, magazines, a thoughtless purchase here and there, random pieces of plastic junk that are handed out to the kids at every turn.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. We don’t actually have to accumulate more and more stuff every year like everyone predicts we will. We aren’t doomed to fulfill everyone’s predictions. And if we already have, we can change.

Decide you’ll stop living in default mode. Look around. Live thoughtfully. Intentionally. Even with your stuff. Because simplifying can greatly enrich your life.

Do you have a plan for dealing with the inevitable build up of stuff? I’d love to hear how you keep things simple!