Can you imagine??? 50% of the things I’ve been saving for the last 30 plus years are gone! More is going every day. I think my spring-cleaning is turning into an addiction. The more I get rid of, the more I want to get rid of, making it easier to just get rid of it.
People save “stuff” for so many years, rarely realizing that they are not enjoying most of the “stuff” they are saving. Next thing they know, they are renting a storage unit for a monthly fee to store stuff they probably aren’t going to use. Or there’s always the old saying, “I might need it later.” Of course, when later comes, they can’t find it and have to buy “it” again… anyway.
Visualization is a good motivator when you actually find the right vision. I think I finally found mine. I made a vision board of a beautiful kitchen, office, and bedroom. In order to have that vision, I must get rid of all that weighs me down and clutters my view.
After moving my “stuff” many times over the years I’ve gotten to a point where I realized that my Snoopy collection is nothing more than stuffed animals that provide a great place for dust. I don’t have them out where I can enjoy them, so why not allow someone else to enjoy them? They are being donated to a charity auction. You can read about it here: ‘Peanuts’ collectors flock back to Schulzville.
Update 2020: All but a few Peanuts collectibles are sold! Know what? I don’t miss them.
My old Childcraft books have been shuffled from one house to the other. I read them to my children when they were young, but that was a LONG time ago. Those are packed to go.
As empty shelves appear in my closet and garage, I feel relief. It is like small weights are slowly being taken off of my back. Things I never thought I could get rid of are being recycled or put in the dumpster.
As I go through boxes, I sit and think deeply about why I am keeping these “things.” I realize that long ago they meant something to me. They were a part of who I was. But that’s not who I am today. So in the trash or to a charity they go.
Who are you today? Are you defining yourself by the things you keep or moving forward for a more freeing life of simplicity?
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