Sunday, May 8, 2011

Too Much Stuff

With the prospect of moving potentially on the horizon, I have been taking a much more critical eye toward all the stuff we've managed to accumulate through the years. While most of it is useful, is it necessary? Would I really want to pack it and move it? Or would I prefer to go "alpine-style," as my husband is fond of saying (where you take the least amount necessary so you can trek fast and light through the mountains or wherever). 

Some things are easier to get rid of than others. Parting can be such sweet sorrow. Why does clinging to certain objects strangely comfort us? I really don't know why. We can't take any material thing with us when we die and go to heaven, so why do we have a hard time letting go this side of paradise? It is amazing how an external pressure (such as a possible move) can motivate one internally to do what would otherwise be put off indefinitely. 

As I work to more freely let go of excess "stuff," my practical therapy is I need to donate to charity my ever-growing bag before I get cold feet and start removing things from the bag.

Then I need to start another bag.

For more tips on getting rid of stuff, check out my post: Shed 10 a Day, the Easy Way


  1. Well said! We've only moved a couple of times, but, when it happens again, I hope to be more ruthless with letting go of possessions. Even now, I'm trying to notice the items that are most used and loved so that I can eliminate those that are just occupying space.

    Hope you have a nice night!

  2. YES!

    I am feeling so much lighter having started majorly decluttering. I am actually gaining traction.

    Thanks for the post!

  3. It is amazing how we accumulate stuff. I have been decluttering this whole month. I can't wait to have the yard sale this weekend. I don't care how much I make. (though it would be nice to make some $$$. I just can't wait to clear stuff out.