Getting rid of stuff is hard. Maybe not for you, but for me everything has some sort of value attached to it. For example, the baby doll crib was my mother’s when she was a child. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language was highly recommended by a favorite professor. The GeoTrax were expensive toys. The rice bowls came all the way from Taiwan. The rocking chair was where I held my babies. The college sweatshirt reminds me of my cross country friends. The mosaic planter stand was such a good deal.
For some reason, I feel that every item in my house (and there are thousands of items) warrants a moment of consideration or a proper burial or the perfect adoptive parent. Unfortunately, with 9 weeks to go, I don’t have the kind of time that each item deserves.
Last Friday, a friend dropped off a library book for me to read. It is entitled Unstuff: Making Room in Your Life for What Really Matters, by Hayley and Michael DiMarco. I am about a third of the way through the book and it is therapy for me! The authors challenge their readers to take a discerning look at all of our stuff – our possessions, our hobbies, our gadgets, our money, our time, our everything – and see whether or not our stuff gets in the way of our priorities. If they do, then we may be suffering from “stuffication.”
Last night, as I was reading, the authors challenged their readers to think about our surplus in terms of other people’s needs. Taking our excess and filling the deprivation of another. Wow. I haven’t finished the book, but I am already looking at my thousands of belongings differently.
Tired of clutter? Find 5 things to sell, give, or throw away each day for 1 month. You’ll be surprised by how much you don’t need! #Unstuff (DiMarco, p. 51)