Recently, I’ve been trying to start a new website about home organizing, similar in design to PrepperWebsite.com, and so I began to do what I do best and that meant researching the inter-web to see what’s out there. Strangely, there seems to be a lot more about prepping on the web than organizing. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad yet, but in my travels I did find an interesting mesh between organizing and home decorating.
While I understand that the two are related, I’ve always felt that being organized is a character trait completely separate from interior decorating. Anyway, the point in this post was what I noticed about many of the sites I came across, in that, I’m still amazed at how many people put so much emphasis and effort on superficial beauty… beauty in their homes, themselves, their cars… even their kids and pets.
Now, I fully realize that this is what we’re supposed to do as Americans: make lots of money, buy bigger and bigger homes, and fill them with even more expensive stuff. Then we’re supposed to show it off to our friends and families so they try to out-do you. We gave up on that rollercoaster long ago!
I should point out that I’m certainly not against things looking nice or buying descent stuff, a bigger home, or better cars if you can afford it and the purchase makes sense. The problem is that there’s what I like to call a “Martha Stewart obsession” with regards to a person (or family’s) lifestyle. You should see some of the posts these people put up. I would be afraid to step foot in some of the places these blogs feature, let alone live there! And I’m not even talking about very wealth CEO-types, celebrities, or rock stars homes that magazines like to feature. As near as I can tell these are “normal” people.
Ultimately, what bothers me is that it seems like we have our priorities so royally screwed up. These people are so amazingly superficial and they’re likely going to be among the very people who crash the hardest (more emotionally than physically) if times get tough. Sure, their affluence may help them adapt to serious inflation better than most of us. For example, I’m sure they would be able to afford a $10 loaf of bread or $15 per gallon gasoline better than I could. But that same affluence means they will likely have a horribly difficult time adjusting to a “new” life more emotionally so than most people. I’m not saying I’ll feel sorry for them whatsoever… I’m just saying, good luck to them with that.
How does this pertain to the rest of us?
Well, the simple fact is that the rest of us tend to chase the same desire for a more affluent lifestyle too, at least with regards to what we’re able to afford anyway, means we’re doing the same thing but on a smaller scale. I still kick myself for all of the dumb purchases we “just had to make” for our previous homes, all of the “upgrades” we made, landscaping, and so on. This was just money down the drain that could have been spent on things we truly could have used to further our ability to survive. I’m talking tens of thousands of dollars! Argh!!!
Granted, we can’t afford that amount of expenditures anymore (maybe tens of dollars ) but I’m willing to bet that most of you are still making this very mistake: spending money on unnecessary upgrades to your homes, buying newer/bigger vehicles, purchasing an assortment of stuff for the house to make it “look” better, or whatever. None of this furthers the most important directive in your life: to stay alive.
My question for you is: what are you spending money on (or will spend money on in the near future) that doesn’t REALLY need to be spent?
Obviously, your home and vehicles are major concerns, but the same could be said for expensive jewelry, vacations, appliances, shoes (ladies!), and fancy clothes. You could even include more expensive television cable subscriptions (so you get every channel know to man), iPhones (and the data bills that accompany them), organic foods (maybe that’s not so bad)… the list could go on.
It’s all about priorities… what’s yours?