Your basic needs are fairly basic: water, food, clothing and shelter. That’s it. Plain and simple. Everything else beyond that are wants. Wants are fun, but it gets to a point where you have to stop and ask yourself if you need all of that stuff? If your home were burning down and all of your loved ones had already gotten out safely, what three things would you run back in for? Is there any material item that you would risk your life to run back into a burning building for?
Lean out your life. Getting rid of the excess and the clutter is liberating. If you haven’t worn or used something in over a year, chances are you’re not going to use it any time soon. Donate (or sell) these things to people and organizations that can use them. Buy things you absolutely love and absolutely need. If you don’t feel strongly about it, don’t get it. There’s no grey area. Wants are not the same as needs.
I want to own as little as possible. I only need to own a few things. I would rather have experiences than things. When you need less, you can do more.