Ya know what makes me feel really good? Being organized! I don’t know about you, but the world is a much happier and more peaceful place when things are in order.
Right now however, my apartment is in quite a bit of disarray and I’m more than a little embarrassed to admit that I still haven’t taken the Christmas tree down. It’s January 7th for goodness sake! I used to be much more on the ball about things like that, but I guess I’ve just been doing other things and haven’t gotten around to it yet. It’s kinda funny too because every morning when I journal, I keep writing that I need to get the tree taken down.
I’ve never been one to procrastinate, but I’m beginning to sense that I’ve developed a tendency to do a little more of that lately and I’m not sure why. I suppose I could try and put a more positive slant on it and could rationalize it by saying that I’m just prioritizing things differently. And there is some truth to that ~ my life has changed so drastically from what it was before. It has caused me to reassess and contemplate… what is immediately important, what can wait, what can I do something about, and what is out of my control? What do I feel I can deal with, what do I have to let go, what do I really need, and what can I live without?
Well one thing I’ve realized I can live more without is… stuff. Seriously though… we all have too much stuff. Why do we have all this stuff anyways?!
I have way less stuff than I used to have. It was really hard at first to give all that other stuff up, but I had no choice ~ life presented me with a certain set of uncontrollable circumstances that forced me to relinquish my grasp on many of the things I once held dear. But ya know what? Now… it feels so good to be rid of it all. Truly.
While I was preparing to move from my house (with 21 years worth of accumulated stuff) into this small apartment, I was forced to take a real good look at just what it was that I really needed. And it wasn’t much. I joked with my daughter saying “All I really need is my computer and my bed.” Haha! But then I added that I also probably needed dishes to eat off of (gotta eat, right?) and some clothes to wear ~ at least my jammies. 😉 Point is… when it comes down to it, we really don’t need all of the stuff that we think we do.
There were a few things that I couldn’t bear to part with, but wouldn’t fit into my new apartment. Treasured and/or sentimental things like my grandfather clock, my bedroom set (the only thing my bedroom here will fit is my “all-important” bed), my roll-top desk, and the rocking chair I rocked my baby girl in. Thankfully a wonderful friend of mine had the room and offered to store those and a few other things for me indefinitely. I also have some things stored at my Mom’s. This is where the Christmas tree will go when I finally get around to taking it down. 😉
Have you ever heard the expression that “you don’t own your stuff, your stuff owns you”? There really is something to that. Having to get rid of the majority of my stuff made me really sad at first, but then set me free in so many ways. “The less you have, the less you have to lose.” And the less you have to dust. 😉
Somewhere along the line we are led to think that somehow the amount of stuff we have directly reflects how successful we are, what we have accomplished in life, or how much money we have. Well what happens then when you lose your stuff? Does that mean you’re a failure now? Don’t even get me started on what I believe real success is. That’s for a different blog…
I think too maybe sometimes we accumulate stuff because we’re trying to find things to make us happy and somehow think that having stuff will help make us happy. We know this is ridiculous and not true, but it’s easy to get sucked into thinking it anyway. I mean, just look at advertising and see what they use to appeal to us…. they try to paint the picture that this is what being happy and fulfilled looks like and if you buy this stuff ~ you will be too.
Well, I’m sincerely much happier and more content without all that stuff. And…
Hey ~ the less stuff you have, the easier it is to organize it! 😉
I still have more stuff than I need ~ more stuff that I want to get rid of. And as soon as I get this Christmas tree out of here I think I’ll delve into doing just that…