Hi Jenna!

I think the trick is to think about how much better you feel without the stuff — how much extra room is in your “life” without it. That’s all extra space you’ll have for your son (congratulations, by the way!) and those values will be so good for him to learn early on (the understanding that “stuff” doesn’t equal value).

My parents raised me with no furniture (or TV!) in the house. It wasn’t that we couldn’t have it. They just chose to do without it. And I think that helped instill in me this feeling that stuff doesn’t equal value. That our lives and what we do with our time is more valuable that a physical object that we can call “ours”. It also made me appreciate the small things that I did get — that new science kit, the new model rocket, the new computer game.