Crystal Ellefsen brings up some interesting thoughts on clutter and finances in a post at The Art of Simple.
I think there’s a really significant connection between clutter and money that I have not seen mentioned in most discussions about discarding.
It’s common to mention the ease of access as a reason for not needing to keep something.
For example, “If I really need that again, I can just get one.” But, there’s an underlying assumption here that I think is worth pointing out. You have to have a certain level of financial stability in order to make that statement in the first place and believe that you could get one if you actually needed it.
I tend to agree with this. There is a financial component that seems to be discussed infrequently. Also, many minimalist bloggers are in a position where it wouldn’t be much of a burden to replace decluttered items should the need arise. There are some that aren’t but I think the majority of blogs I follow fit this description.
Crystal discusses some lingering fears from a time in her life when she would not have been able to easily replace things. You can read more about this here: The Unspoken Connection Between Clutter and Finances.
I want to add a couple more thoughts on this topic. As you declutter, and especially if that decluttering leads to downsizing, it is likely that you will transition to a place where financial burdens are lessened. In this case, decluttering can help speed your financial recovery.
My other thought is about why many minimalist bloggers don’t spend a lot of time discussing finances. First, because there are a great number of blogs that specialize in finances, and so it’s a case of focusing on your primary topic. In my case, my blogs focus primarily on minimalism and decluttering, so I mostly stick to those topics.
Second, minimalists in general tend to focus on intangibles rather than tangibles. In most cases we are eschewing tangibles, like excess stuff, huge houses, and fancy cars, in favor of intangibles, like relationships, activities, and adventures.
I encourage you to read Crystal’s blog post and spend a little time thinking about how your finances connect to your clutter. Also consider how fear plays a part in this connection.