The major thing I'm becoming aware of is my affinity for "stuff". I recently moved back into the big bedroom in my house, after my sister moved out. Since I'm pretty lazy (another one of those things to work on... although I've been good the last few days!), I basically dumped everything into a pile on the floor. And it sat there for WEEKS- sadly, I'm not exaggerating!
Tonight I decided to start tackling the pile (after cooking dinner, and doing the dishes, voluntarily - which is so unlike me!) I had a garbage bag to put the things I no longer need/want, to donate. It's FULL. And that's on top of two other FULL bags I got rid of during the actual switch. (Although, I suppose it has been a few years since I've really dug through all my ancient belongings, it really puts it into perspective how much people - I, more specifically in this case- buy, and usually pretty needlessly).
This realization comes after a few days of, you guessed it, shopping. I've booked myself a solid month of work (I'm a contract dental hygienist in the "other" part of my life), and I reward myself with buying yet more stuff. Some of it necessary or a good long-term investment, and some of it... not so much. Perhaps it was how it had to happen, for me to finally be able to connect the dots and clue into how I need to let go of "needing" so many material possessions.
I found these words from mnmlist about a month ago, but they didn't really sink in until tonight.
Wise words. So, I'm going to run with this and start physically writing down (in one of the many notebooks I already have lying around the house, no doubt) every single (non-consumable) purchase I make. I think it will be an eye-opener. And while I'm at it, I'm going to try to keep at the cooking and cleaning. It kind of feels good.
How about you- have you been able to make the break from "needing" so many material possessions?