The Benefits of Hoarding

The Benefits of Hoarding

I never met my Aunt Ida, but one of my earliest memories is of visiting her home shortly after her death. Every inch of that house was covered with stuff. Piles and piles of stuff. One family member even found lots of cash in her mattress.

Last week, while doing some repairs on my house I pulled out a pipe wrench that I had inherited from my grandpa. I’m not sure why, but for some reason I’m almost certain that wrench came from my Aunt Ida’s home when we all went and sorted through her stuff post-mortem.

This quote from the wisest man who ever lived came to mind:

…sometimes a person who has toiled with wisdom and knowledge and skill must leave everything to be enjoyed by someone who did not toil for it. (Ecc. 2:21)

I don’t know if my aunt toiled with wisdom and skill, etc. but I do know that she had to leave everything she acquired behind when she died. You can’t take it with you.

Which is why I’m becoming increasingly vehement about storing up life-giving experiences, not stuff.

No one can take experiences away. Sure, you may not be able to show off your experiences like you would a car or a house or some collection. And when you do show off experiences it can seem a little pretentious (Insert snooty voice: “Oh, you simply must visit this lovely little café on Rue de Rivoli in Paris. The croissants (said kwa-sawnts) are to die for!”)

Please, don’t be that guy. Just hoard your experiences and let them shape you. Let them expand your perspective and open your mind. Share them with a chosen few people. The great thing is – no one can take them from you.

If you want to live free start investing in life-giving, life-changing experiences – not stuff. Stuff holds you down. Life-giving experiences set you free. Consider downsizing a little. Borrow stuff instead of buying your own. Sell some of that stuff in your garage on Craigslist and use the money to have an adventure. But, if you do decide to invest in stuff instead, please mention me in your will because I’m currently in need of a belt sander!