I’m surrounded by stuff. It’s stealing my joy and today is action day.

I regularly purge my belongings. I’ve moved from small places to large places and back to small. I’ve changed professions as regularly as I have homes. Yet I tend to hang on to items needed for those jobs I’ve moved on from. Clothing that doesn’t work or fit. Books I started to read but keep “in case” they might interest me at a later time. Sewing materials I may need some day. Boxes of photograph prints that need to be scanned and saved. The list goes on and on.

I’ve lived in a tiny house for two years now and yet, despite my purging, I still have a room in my daughter’s basement full of stuff. St Vincent de Paul is going to love me because I’m going to be dropping off a Jeepful of items later today. Or at least loading it today to drop off tomorrow.

I do need to keep more things than I may ever use but I’m learning to be picky about what I’m keeping. A fabric I don’t like is not suddenly going to become attractive to me. As my pancreatitis is a daily thing, belly swelling is constant, so out go my smaller clothes that would fit if it weren’t for that. Books I’ll never read have to go. Anything dealing with past professions has already been weeded out but I’ve kept my professional clothing. Someone else could be using those so I’ll donate most of it.

Getting my stuff reduced and organized is as important as keeping my brain clear of junk and using it. If I don’t keep control of both, I’ll be buried. Either in stuff or too much stuff going around in my mind.

I challenge you to examine your thoughts and discard anything that’s not conducive to a happy, productive life. I challenge you to look around your home and discard things that no longer make you happy. Changes don’t happen in one day but if you slowly chip away at that pile of negativity, you’ll feel lighter and happier. I know it works for me.

Now I’m off to tackle that stack of things cluttering up my life. I wish everyone a wonderful day!

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Sandra Davenport Collins

Mother of three girls, two son-in-laws. Grandma to two boys and two girls along with four dogs and four cats. Living life fully with Chronic Pancreatitis and Fibromyalgia.

One thought on “Stuff”

  1. Well done on another achievement–they all add up! I also find it hard to get rid of things because it seems like closing the door on what you might do in the future, or admitting that a part of your life from the past is over. But really it’s just making room for the person you are now.

    Have a great weekend!


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