Finding it very challenging to read the blogs I follow, write on my blogs, and keep up with my "Operation Simplify" project...
The more I dig into the piles of stuff I have been dragging around the majority of my life, the more I find myself questioning myself. Maybe that is it. I never questioned myself before. Like a "security blanket", I just kept hauling it, oblivious of its growing weight.
In an email with a friend the other day, I was so impressed with the amount of moving she has done in the past four years. She moved from New York, to San Francisco to Utah! She told me donates most of the furniture to the Salvation Army and deducts it on her taxes. She only keeps sentimental antique family heirlooms and replaces what she needs after the move by shopping at Thrift stores and Craig's List. She tosses everything she can live without. Keeping photo albums, diaries, certain irreplaceable cooking utensils, her pressure cooker, some special books, computers, and only the clothing that fits perfectly and that she knows she would wear. She does not move food, health or beauty products.
She really opened my eyes to a new way of re-thinking my life and de-cluttering. There is going to be one heck of a donation coming down the road...and bigger piles of trash hauled away. A yard sale would be a great idea if I did not live in this senior community where the rules don't permit them. I would have to ask my daughter in law to host one at her house, and rent a huge truck to haul everything over there!
It really is an eye-opener examining all the this stuff. I am beginning to feel like one of those "hoarders". I thought I let go of a lot on our last move. Now, I am beginning to see how much crap I still have! At one point I ran out of time and energy and just told myself, I would deal with it later... Well, later is HERE and demanding my immediate attention!