With October in full swing and Halloween just around the corner, I am relishing the decor that sits patiently in my hall closet during the rest of the year. And I am pleased to bring it out for the season.
I think that I am pretty organized with my collections, but after reading The House We Grew Up In, (click for review), I felt that niggling tug.
I was reminded of the STUFF in my garage. Yes, neatly crammed into see-through bins (or perhaps not so neatly!), those items have been tugging at me lately. And I know that I must start dealing with them. Here’s the next bin on my stack:
Here are some of the other bins I must go through…sorting and deciding what to toss and what to keep.
It’s the paperwork that plagues me. I can’t just toss everything. I have to sort through and remove for shredding those items with identifying information, account numbers, etc.
I started the task a few weeks ago, and have plugged away at it periodically.
But who am I kidding? Once I’ve dealt with the paperwork, the dolls, bears, and other collectibles must come under scrutiny. Do I need or even want these things? When was the last time that I actually rotated any of these items into the house for display?
And inside my house, if a favorite item continues to reside on my tables and cupboards, am I kidding myself about how much I need or want it?
And then there is my Book Nook, as I fondly call this closet-turned-bookish-mess. Sometimes I gaze upon it as something I enjoy looking at now and then. As if it says something good about me.
I have removed a few of the books…sending them off to bloggers, or putting them into the library collection box.
Next comes the file cabinet. Notice it under the DVDs? I have gone through some of the files and tossed (shredded) a few things. But there is still too much stuff!
Why am I suddenly feeling panicky about it all? Perhaps I should stop reading books about hoarding, since they don’t really apply to me…right?
How did we (I?) come to this place of being controlled by the stuff around me? Is it possible to live a minimalist life?