Growing up, we had everything we needed. We had room to run, ponies to ride, kittens to pet and dogs and each other to play with. We had bales to build forts in, fossils to discover and miles and miles of land to roam and explore.
My two sisters and I shared a bedroom; my middle sister and I even shared a bed, with oldest sister having her own. There were 2 tall dressers in that room and one teeny closet; we shared all three. I had an underwear and sock drawer and a shirt/pants drawer. Dresses and skirts hung in the closet.
Now, I have a dresser that’s jammed full — and it’s filled with stuff I don’t wear. My closet is the same. And – to top it off — there are items hanging in there that I don’t even like!
Many of us, including me, keep too much.
Is it because we are fixated on what something cost? (even if we’ve never worn it). Is it because we didn’t have a lot growing up so getting rid of “stuff” causes us anxiety? Is it because we just don’t know where to start?
I think back now on those 2 dresser drawers and wonder if I could live with that today. I don’t need to, but there’s a part of me that wants to.
So, I’m slowly sorting through and using this simple note that suggests we “give away, throw away or put away.”
Because all that I have that I don’t use .. could be used, loved, and blessed by someone else.
Are you able to let “stuff” go? What’s keeping you from starting?