I learned something new about myself over the last few weeks. I’m a pack rat. How’d I miss that piece of self awareness before? I was enabled; that’s how! Twenty-four years ago my husband and I bought a 3 bedroom house with closets and a garage. That was the beginning of being lulled into believing in the out-of-site, out-of-mind way of life.
And I’ve been such a hypocrite on top of it all! I scowl at my husband for the ubiquitous pile of paperwork on our desk. I lament that he has yet to go through chests and boxes that had belonged to his father. I’ve entertained smug thoughts about how I couldn’t live in clutter. All the while I’ve been shoving my clutter into closets, drawers, baskets, boxes and my garage.
And now is my day of reckoning. We are moving to a 2 bedroom condo. No den. No garage. No staircase with a “Harry Potter” closet hidden underneath. A limited number of drawers. No storage space to shove my undated greeting cards, jeans that are 2 sizes to small, workbooks from 14 past Bible studies, notes from 5 past retreats, framed photos (just how much money have I spent on frames over the years?), books that I fool myself into thinking I’ll read again some day, outdated AAA travel books, brochures from vacation spots, seasonal decorations, costume jewelry that I never wear, eye shadows and nail polishes that can’t possibly be good anymore, electric curlers that I used twice, shoes that hurt to wear, empty boxes that held electronics we no longer own, knick-knacks, paddy-whack, give the dog a bone!
I’m ready to embrace the new scaled-down life that awaits me. Apparently living a life of simplicity is all the rage. You can even google “simplicity quotes”. I spent time I could have spent cleaning out my closets, looking up these quotes!
Here’s a deep one: “The cost of a thing is the amount of life which is required to be exchanged for it.” – Henry David Thoreau
“The greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go.” – Steve Maraboli. Preach it Steve (whoever you are).
“Unnecessary possessions are unnecessary burdens. If you have them, you have to take care of them!” – Peace Pilgrim. (Or shove them in a closet, I might add).
“The more you have, the more you are occupied. The less you have, the more free you are.” – Mother Teresa. Well, I’m not going to argue with Mother Teresa!
In the past I would have written these quotes on index cards. But, while going through my clutter I’ve found a bunch of index cards with quotes on them. Man this decluttering my life thing is gonna’ be harder than I thought.