Oh my! Stuff, stuff and more stuff! Over my 2 year hibernation period I'm starting to think my things have multiplied. Help Doctor I might have a touch of the hoarding disease.
While I lived within my small but cozy 1100sq ft apartment, necessities were my friend. I learned to be comfortable with what I had. Although I had items stored away in two, yes two (no judging) 😉 10x12 garages, a part of me longed to see them again. Yes I love stuff! I love pretty, functional, old, new, organic, anything that allows me to be creative while filling the need of having it in my possession when the need arises. Oh come on, you know what I mean. It's like walking into your kitchen when your ready to cook a meal, to find all ingredients without having to go to the store. You didn't know when you bought those canned tomatoes, rice, frozen peas and chicken they were going to come in handy when it did.
So let's talk out loud for a moment about stuff. Stuff can serve a purpose but sometimes it can cause a sense of fear, anxiety, or like I have experienced the Shut Down syndrome. When we finally got everything under the roof of our home, I walked from room to room feeling overwhelmed not excited. I've been in a state of shut down unable to process the amount of boxes. There's some truth in what they say, the more years you are married the more stuff you accumulate.
Here's the deal, I've done a pretty good job of getting rid of items over the years. Before we moved from Dallas there were MANY trips to Goodwill. So here's my take away, as I removed myself from my things, my perspective changed. I'm learning to let go of items by giving them away while also making some cash by utilizing Facebook community garage sale pages. Oh my goodness!!! If you aren't a member of one, find one to join, if there's none in your town, community, housing sub division, I urge you to start one. It's just as good as sliced toasted bread with butter. For someone like myself hosting a garage sale is like going to the dentist to get a tooth pulled. The best part of the Facebook groups is you don't have to wake up early after a night of pricing, put signs out to advertise and then spend your whole day or 2 working. Believe me you will be thanking me in the end for telling you.😊
I've found asking myself some serious questions as a helpful way to assist in getting rid of my stuff.
When is the last time I've used this item? Would I miss it if I let it go? Lastly not a question but a reminder; if I got rid of it, I could use the profit and purchase something I really want.
Is there anything that you could maybe trade in for some cash or space? If I can let go of some items I know you can. Believing in you!
Jacqueline ~Welcoming Home