This summer was very therapeutic for me. One thing a lot of people don’t know about me is that I’m a kinda clingy person…no…not that kind…the kind that hold on to stuff for.EVER. I like possessions and I like holding on to them for a long time. I’m no where near being a hoarder…my house is not overflowing with my stuff. It’s just all tucked away nice and neatly in every hidden away place I could find. But seriously, I sometimes have a hard time getting rid of things, especially if I think I’ll use it soon-ish or I can use it in a DIY project…old clothes, random stuff from the thrift store or flea market, keepsakes…its all tucked away. Well, at least it used to be. You see, the reason my summer was so therapeutic was because I’ve come a long way. I’ve gotten rid of A LOT of stuff.
Here’s the abbreviated version:
I’ve been looking for a house. A BIG house. Like 2000-3000+ sq.ft. I want a big house because I’ve never had one and it’d be nice to be able to put all my stuff in proper places, all organized-like. Now, though, I don’t want that anymore. I am now very comfortable living in my just-right 900ish sq. ft. apartment now that I’ve gotten rid of probably 3/4 of my (unused, rarely-worn, ill-fitting, leftovers from high school and college) wardrobe. It’s actually quite funny. I’d held on to all those clothes because I liked how it looked having a full closet and I was afraid that if I got rid of all the things I knew didn’t fit and I didn’t like, that I’d somehow not have enough. Now that I have much fewer clothes, I look more put together because what I do have fits! I don’t have meltdowns anymore about “not having anything to wear” even though I actually have less now.
I’ve purged out my fabric supply, jewelry-making supply, old and outdated decorations, 3/4 of Sofie’s toys (that she does’t even realize are gone and she doesn’t complain about not having anything to play with!), old “keepsakes” that I wanted to save and show or give to my children. (side note…most of my keepsakes were junk. They would’ve hated me for passing it along).
I’ve gotten rid of so much stuff that we’ve been able to get rid of a few furniture pieces that we really didn’t like anyway. Now, our once crowded apartment feels much roomier!
I could go on and on about all the benefits of finding and getting rid of excess, but its sufficient to say that I am much more content with much less. I’ve grown more comfortable with what I have and not seeking to replace any of it. It’s still not perfect. Even as I’m writing this, I’ve realized I still haven’t tackled my kitchen and It seems like I find a new cache of stuff to purge every other week or so.
Now comes my challenge to you: Start simple, especially if you are like me and have a hard time getting rid of the excess in your life. Find something you don’t need, haven’t used, or can do without. Get rid of it. After you realize you’re ok and the world isn’t ending, find a room or closet or drawer (baby steps), empty it, sort the stuff and get rid of what you don’t need.
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