I was at the mall yesterday. I needed just one thing. It's a huge, high-end mall with everything you can imagine. Even though it's only ten minutes away I rarely go there. I felt like I was going to hyperventilate. So much stuff that no one really needs. I couldn't wait to get out of there.
This year I am going to start to "decontent." That means get rid of stuff. I have so much stuff I never use and should dispose of. I stop myself from buying more (usually). But every Christmas and birthday I am gifted more of it. I hate clutter. I tell friends I want to condense my life to four boxes. Not sure if I can really do that, but it sounds good in theory.
There's really not a lot of things I want. If I buy something, it's usually after weeks (or sometimes months) of consideration. Plenty of time to talk myself out of the purchase. Often it's just a replacement of something -- so no "net acquisition" of stuff.
The one thing I do want is a new house. The themes will be modern and minimalist. I want to keep it simple and smaller. I'm not ready to pull the trigger yet as I may be moving in the next year or two. Why put so much effort into creating my dream house only to sell it in a year? I need the right location. A high end metroburb is where I want to be. Compromise between city and suburbs, and walkable neighborhood.