Is It Okay to Want Stuff?

Sure it is! It’s even okay to buy stuff if you really want it. You can still embrace a life of voluntary simplicity if you cycle things in and out rather than hanging onto all that stuff you buy.

I think it’s a problem to keep things around because you feel
guilty for buying them, or because they were gift, or because they’re
still useful even if you don’t like them. That will just stagnate your

There will always be new things created and old things improved upon. Human creativity would come to a standstill if we stopped inventing and forced ourselves to make do with just what we “need.” What constitutes “need” anyway? We all have a need for beauty and a desire for novelty. Let go of all those things that don’t bring you joy and get yourself some stuff you want and love.

by Claire Tompkins