4 years ago
Friday, June 6, 2008
In the mood to ...
... simplify. Yes, I am in the mood to simplify. To pare down my stash of stuff. To eliminate the clutter that surrounds me. It's been a nagging feeling the past couple of days, this need to purge.
Last night, while eating dinner and then helping Shawn install our air conditioners, I looked around each room that I was in and pondered what could be gotten rid of. In each room, it took me less than 1 minute to come up with at least 5 things that we can live without. Things that haven't been touched since they were acquired. Things that have lost their usefulness. Things that can be recycled.
What kind of stuff are we talking about here? Clothing is a biggie. Also some kitchen items. Lots of textiles - sheets and towels from the 60s and 70s. Old sewing/quilting/needlepoint/etc patterns and such. Peanut butter jars and old coffee cans full of nails. Nope, not kidding.
It's actually something that weighs somewhat heavily on my mind, mainly because it feels overwhelming and to some extent smothering. And at the same time, there are two sides to this.
There is a HUGE part of me that just wants the stuff GONE. Throw it out. Put it out for recycling. Just GONE, and gone NOW.
But then there is the part of me that says, hey - someone might find a use for this or be willing to pay good money for this. This is the part of me that brings up donation, yard sales, E-bay.
These two sides of the issue fight with each other. One means an instant fix to the problem. The other seems better - more right. It lets others get to use the stuff, rather than just sending it to the landfill. Or, it might give us a few extra pennies in our pockets if we opt for yard sales or E-bay. But it's a lot more work, this second side. Yard sales are a bit of a pain, although I'm truly amazed at what people sell at them (good and bad ... and ugly). E-bay is intimidating because I've never sold on there before, and have only successfully bid on and won 1 item.
There are other issues, too. Some of the things that I want to get rid of were gifts. There are some pieces of clothing that Shawn got me that haven't been worn in at least 3 years, but I know he will not let me part with them easily. Also, there is a huge part of me that says, "You might need / want this again someday." That part is genetic, and a problem for both Shawn and myself. We both are pack rats and come from families that are full of pack rats. And then there is also the issue of having to do this for not one, but two houses. And up in the Poconos all of this is made harder - there is a lot of stuff sitting around that we don't know the story of. We don't know how it came to be in the family. We don't know if it is worth something (financially or sentimentally). We don't know if pitching it would cause Karma to come around and bite us in the tush.
Oh yeah - and in case you hadn't noticed - I over analyze things like this A LOT. Definitely not helping the situation.
So any advice would be appreciated. Insights on how you've simplified your life, or places I could go for inspiration and advice. Help me dig out from under the excess stuff in my life.