STUFF: Is it all it’s cracked up to be??

‘I’d rather have a passport full of stamps than a house full of stuff’ might be a typically dripping wet meme and probably shared on social media 1001 times a day (which is why I’m confidently using the photo without checking permissions!), but damn it feels right to me!

Earlier this year, I began a life overhaul, which sounds super dramatic. But, actually it wasn’t. It was more of a gentle evolution! Over the last 5 years, I’d realised my attitude to life had changed.

I didn’t need some pretty Next coffee table and a wardrobe full of labelled clothes. They were STUFF, and they weren’t making my life any richer by being there.

The age of the internet means you don’t actually need as much STUFF. A MacBook and/or iPhone can allow you to; listen to the radio, read books, watch TV, and even show boarding passes (rather than the age old hassle of needing a printer!) It can also help you to learn and enrich your life, and it’s does a much better job than that highly polished coffee table (a.k.a STUFF)

Life can be more movable and flexible these days, and I’m going to embrace that to the full. I have shed my house, most of its contents (even the coffee table, shock horror!) and my job- all in search of a life I’ll enjoy and be enriched by so much more! I can be just as dedicated to my day to day life by sitting on a beachside deckchair as I can in any other place.

I believe an increase in experiences and a decrease in STUFF will also cause more regular gushes of creativity. So, I am ready to stain some furniture. Let’s go!




  • Julia Hofley

    Hi Michael,
    Have you read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo? If so, any thoughts on the technique? How did you do it?
    I am currently beginning this journey you’ve been on for 5 years. The house is filled to the brim, but not my heart. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Julia, near Detroit, MI

    September 12, 2016
    • I just discarded anything that wasn’t boyght from a special place !

      September 12, 2016
  • September 21, 2016
  • Steve Jones

    I totally agree with your sentiment and I wish you the best of luck in your travels. I shall be following you and envying you constantly! Have fun 🙂

    September 22, 2016
  • Sue Smith

    5 years ago, isn’t that when we first met ;0) Good for you buddy, go get em. x

    September 23, 2016

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