What I Learned From Brewing My Own Beer

February 20, 2012

In an effort to act on our goal of de-cluttering for 2012, I decided to sell one of the items that has been collecting dust in our basement. My homebrew beer kit.

This was something I was really excited about a couple of years ago. I enjoy a good craft beer and had some friends who were into brewing their own. Therefore I thought I would enjoy it too.

As I turns out, I prefer drinking good beer that someone else has brewed rather than doing it myself. It’s quite a time-consuming and tedious process.

There was a part of me that wanted to hang onto the kit just in case I ever wanted to use it. But the reality is, I probably never will. So, I’m selling it.

Question: Have you ever held onto something just in case you’d ever want to use it? If so, did you ever actually use it?

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  • Reply Michael Wright February 21, 2012 at 11:11 am

    I love the idea of de-cluttering. Whenever I purchase items that I fall in “love” with, I have to ask myself “Will I be using this long-term?” Most of the time, I must say No. I hang onto books, old magazines with interesting articles, etc. I still have my school notebooks from college in the attic – “In case i need them”! Never needed them in 20 years now. I need to throw them out. I like a life of simplicity – living in a smaller house, environment. You are traveling lightly.

    • Reply Michael Good February 21, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      I too have some notebooks from school away in a box somewhere. Not sure where though! Hmm, guess they’re not too important to me.

  • Reply Rob Coburn February 21, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Michael, de-cluttering what a concept. I have taken it upon myself to do that to my brain. Tough Chore, but I think it will be better for all in the end. Thanks for the post. Blessings, @missioncoach

    • Reply Michael Good February 21, 2012 at 10:21 pm

      I like that concept. You know, I think for me, de-cluttering my possessions helps de-cluttering my mind. There’s just something about the act of getting rid of stuff.

  • Reply Jen McDonough February 21, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Oh my gosh, YES, we had tons of things we were holding tight too!!
    We have paid off a ton of debt in the last almost 3 years (we are sitting at $132,000 worth of paid off debt and paid cash for over $30,000 worth of medical related expenses). When we started, we couldn’t make our budget work. Long story short, we reluctantly started selling stuff – wow, how freeing it was to let that “stuff” go. some of us we used a lot and others we had around JUST in case we ever needed.
    The way we view stuff is MUCH different than we use too – stuff is just stuff now, but everyone once in a while that old feeling creeps in of “what if we need it”. I can’t name one thing we have sold or given away that I miss though. (:
    Live Beyond Awesome!

    • Reply Michael Good February 21, 2012 at 10:24 pm

      Wow, Jen! Congrats on getting that much debt paid off, and with some obstacles. Well done! I find it reassuring that you don’t miss any of the things you got rid of.
      Thanks for your thoughts.

  • Reply robclinton February 22, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Absolutely! Several months ago, I went through and dumped almost all my office paperwork into the trash and burned it. I have a habit of stacking papers, and I had tons of stuff that I’ll never file, or put to any sort of good use, and the likelihood of me retrieving any of it was pretty slim. I closed my eyes, and dumped it, and it was one of the most liberating experiences ever.

    • Reply Michael Good February 23, 2012 at 9:10 pm

      Rob, I’ll bet that liberating! Especially if it was a big pile sitting there reminding you that it needs to be filed. I know that’s how it is for me sometimes.

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