We buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like.

-Fight Club (earlier quote attributed to Will Rogers)

I spent a good portion of my twenties accumulating stuff I thought an adult homeowner (aka consumer) needed, including debt.

One day, I got my Social Security earnings statement in the mail. It listed out my annual salary since I started working. I totaled up what I had made and compared it to my net worth. I came away unimpressed where I stood financially. All those years working and what did I have to show for it?

I’ve since spent my 30s and early 40s getting rid of a lot of that stuff – realizing a lot of it just takes up space, brainpower, time, and money. Every box donated is like a little weight lifted.