I’m a pack rat by nature and love collections. Thankfully I moved around a lot growing up or I think I’d have much more stuff in my possession. Between graduating from college and moving into my first house with my hubby I had moved 5 times in 3 years. You’d think that would have taken it’s toll on me but moving so often as a child toughened me. It wasn’t until we moved into our second home, two years later, that I started to wonder why we/I had so much STUFF. Did I really want to keep moving 10 boxes of just books? Our second home is a little smaller so that only helped to magnify the clutter.
Over the past 4 years most of the stuff stayed in boxes in the basement. There comes a point when you realize that you are living just fine and dandy without whatever it was that you boxed away. About once a year I’d get sick of seeing things bulging from a closet and I’d start purging a little here and a little there.
A couple months ago we put our house on the market. Before we did, our realtor said we had more major decluttering to do (ya think?). So we boxed up our lives. We had a yard sale. We donated. We trashed. Now it feels SO good to walk into the house and not be bombarded visually. Freedom. We could feel the stress seeping out of our bodies and relaxation setting in. It’s like a drug.
It was only the beginning, however, because it really isn’t gone, just out of sight. A couple weeks ago we were challenged with this idea of becoming a minimalist. We attended a special event at our church with guest speaker Joshua Becker on “Simplify” and his blog “Becoming a Minimalist”. We’d never really heard of this before, but we loved it!
Now we are on our journey to do all we can to simplify (I like this term better than minimalist). I started the next day by pulling out all those boxes in the basement and some from the garage and purging. Maybe half went back into the basement! Of course the other half is sitting in various piles around the house waiting for us figure out how we want to get rid of it. Do I want to take the time and effort to sell on craigslist, eBay, or a yard sale? Or can I let go of the idea of how much money we’d lose if I just donated everything? What to do, what to do?