Coffee Talk Thursday
a supply or fund stored up and often hidden away
Many of us struggle with the tendency to keep more than what we need in certain areas. Even the most organized among us may still find a category where they are tempted to hang on to excess. For my mom, it’s plastic jars. Whether it’s margarine tubs, mayonnaise jars, or Cool-Whip containers, I don’t know if she’s met one yet she can part with. Her cupboards are stashed to the brim.
For me, it’s kids’ clothes. After all, I reason, we have three boys. Keeping most everything and passing it down seems like the most economical option—never mind that we simply have too much anyway. It’s probably my biggest cause of clutter stress, because it seems like I am always coming across yet another extra shirt or shorts or pair of pants that isn’t currently being worn but could be worn by the next child. Then I have to find the right box to store it in, or create a new box. Clothes, clothes everywhere. While I have donated much of our excess to friends or the thrift store, we still have more than we need.
When we identify the areas where we are most likely to hoard, we can start to work through why we’re doing it and how we can begin let go. I think I am tempted to keep the clothes because, let’s face it, it saves money. Why buy a t-shirt or a pair of pants when you have everything you need already stored away? But when I bottom-line it by realizing that, even if I had to start from scratch and buy everything my boys need each season, it would probably cost around $100 for all three of them. Target and Walmart sell shirts for about $3, and you can often find similar priced sale items at other retailers. Plus, I really don’t shop retail anyway. Much of what we buy we find at thrift stores for around $1 (good-quality shoes, shirts, pants, pajamas). So if I got really brave and let everything go, I could replace it. It is within our means. Realizing that helps us feel more comfortable letting go of the excess. Sure, I may have to buy a few things down the road, but the freedom from the clothes-clutter is worth it.
So, what item or category of items are you most tempted to hoard? How can you (or have you) take steps to let go?