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Wow I have a lot of stuff! I’m not that much of a hoarder but boy do I have some ‘crap’ – I’ve been thinking a lot about this just recently, just how much stuff I’ve acquired over the years! How did it happen? Why so much of everything? Do I really need it? And I’m not talking just clothes, but shoes, jewellery, kitchen stuff, EPLS stuff – you name it just stuff. And stuff I don’t even remember I have.
Right now we have a 40ft storage container full to the brim (long story) I sold my house 18M ago and am renting and I’m almost ashamed to say I can hardly remember what’s in that blessed container. The only things I can remember is a double bed and the garden stuff – that’s it? and I certainly don’t need that bed.
I have now purchased a new place (fingers crossed) I am thinking of totally cleansing my life! Eeek! Can I do it? After all, all I need to do is be ruthless, chuck it to the charity shop? (Do you know I still own a pair of denim dungarees I had at Uni – that’s a long time ago! – Well let’s face it I’m certainly not going to wear those dungarees again lol! and they are just taking up space! ) Can I do it, is it that easy to declutter? At the end of the day we need to remember we come into this world with nothing and we leave with nothing, if we lost the lot we wouldn’t crumble – we’d just start again!
So why do we hold onto stuff? I’m sure I’m not the only one. So I am revving up big time to start and have that mid life clear out, that cleanse! Oh I’m almost excited.
One thing for sure is my home doesn’t need enough linen, crockery, cutlery, towels or pantry supplies to serve as a hotel. I need to be realistic about our true needs. In the rare event an unusually large number of guests arrive on my doorstep, I can always borrow from friends, family or neighbours – and the fact is I will never need to.(most likely would be or put them in a hotel 😉 )
I’m sure there are a lot of attics, lofts, basements and garages filled with boxes of past tax papers and paid bills because we don’t know when they can be discarded or when we can ligitimately shred the material. Well I intend to shred big style!
I’m also guessing there are kitchen cupboards, pantries, fridges, freezers and bathroom cabinets filled with expired food items, medicines and cosmetics. I’m going to go through the lot and totally declutter.
Don’t get me wrong I’m not going minimalist, I’m just going to try and sift my stuff and pull out and display those truly beautiful items, those memories, those few things that really do mean the world. And I will try and stop myself from the inevitable “I may need it” “so-and-so bought it for me’ ‘it cost a lot of money’ etc etc and all those old excuses. AND I need to remember to stop the flow of stuff coming in…..
It’s a virtuous cycle. Clear your mind and then reorganise. Reorganise, and in turn, your mind will feel clearer.
So wish me luck! I’ll let you know how I get on 😉 Not so sure it’ll be easypeasylemonsqueezy
(One thing I read on line was throwing one thing away everyday for 1 year – sounds like a good idea to me, problem is I don’t have a year)
Please leave me a comment – I love your comments – any tips on my declutter spree and cleansing my life?