“…times are rough, and I’ve got too much stuff…” --Jimmy Buffett, One Particular Harbour—
OK, so maybe times aren’t all that rough, but I do have too much stuff.
Before I launch into this, I know what the obvious answer is. Writing about this is more a part of my mental process for dealing with the outcome. Further, I’m not a materialist/consumerist, so this is not a “He who dies with the most toys, wins” situation.
Over the past decade or so, I’ve collected things as I’ve ratcheted through many hobbies and interests. Now, I find I have things that are just sitting there, hardly being used, and collecting dust. Logically, my mind says I should sell what I don’t use and move on. But for some reason, I still want to hang on to them.
For point-of-reference sake, the items I’m talking about are a Hobie Cat and a motorcycle (2002 Triumph Bonneville).
I’ve had outstanding times with both. Further, I did not – nor intend to - give up either sailing or motorcycling. It’s just that in the past year, these have not gotten a lot of use – as if these activities have been de-prioritized. (As another point of reference, during this same time, my bicycling hobby ramped up to crack-addict proportions.) Additionally, my living situation is going to change in four or five months, which will require me to pay to store these (currently, I’m fortunate to have these in my driveway and garage, respectively). Finally, there are the ongoing costs of license and insurance and such – not a huge expense, but still there.
My question then, is when you buy a non-essential item (read: Toy), do you do so intending to keep it forever? Or do you have an exit strategy, e.g. “I’ll sell this in five years” or “I’ll get rid of this if it sits more than 18 mos” – something like that. Or for the folks that have N+∞ bikes, I’d reckon that there are some that are not in the standard rotation that are just hanging there (I assume you hang your bikes up) – how do you go about letting them go?
Logically (this is where I already know the answer) the thing to do would be to sell the boat and the motorcycle, as: 1) That would solve the pending storage issue, 2) it would generate some $$ that could be put to other use (like my current crack habit, or something – gasp - responsible like savings or bills or something), and 3) these would then would be used and enjoyed by their new owners. However, these are logical responses to a largely emotional issue (that rarely, if ever, works well).