Monday, May 21, 2007

needs vs wants

Every once in a while, something happens that causes me to shut down, re-group and re-focus. Sometimes, it's a good thing. Sometimes, it's out of necessity...

Well, I am cleaning out rooms, getting rid of MASSIVE piles of clutter. I am hoping that my husband comes home and say "Wow..." I feel breathless and smothered by all the junk. My house is small and it feels even smaller because I am disorganized. I am freecycling like mad and trying to find a happy medium. Obviously adding on a room or buying a bigger house is not possible right now, so my solution: have less "stuff".

I used to be VERY materialistic. Not because I was wealthy. But because I was lucky (?) enough to have a boyfriends who spoiled me and bought me lots of stuff. One Christmas a guy bought me 47 gifts...I loved it at the time but I was selfish and had out-of-whack priorities. Well, I'm grown now and my focus is on better things. But not THINGS in general. That stuff doesn't matter to me anymore, and it hasn't for a long time.

So I have a bunch of "stuff". And I am not that person....the one who's into stuff. You know, fancy $400 purses that don't mean a thing. Clothes that you will never wear in your REAL life. They don't call them "trappings" for nothing, you know. I have felt the weight, both emotionally and financially, for quite some time. Well, I am freeing myself of the "stuff" that I have collected.

I am going to TRY to change this way of thinking. Even though I am not a "stuff" person anymore, I still have that mind-set, you know? It's HARD to turn away from what you want. Because in our culture, more means better. Well, that is contrary to what I believe in my heart. This is an effort to clean up in more ways than one.

This will also mean a HUGE purging of my scrapbooking and stamping items. Believe me, this has been a LONG time coming....

I want my house to be cleaner.
I don't want the burden of "stuff".


rennratt said...

While I have gone through random phases of materialism, my main problem is random clutter.

I joined Fly Lady a few years ago. Though I am not a strict follower, I do find freedom in getting RID of things.

Best of luck with your purge!

When you are done, please drive 4 hours south. I could use some of your help with cleaning up my scrapbook stuff!

Military Mommy said...

Amen, sister. I agree about the stuff. It can Glad you are getting rid of it!

sweet freedom!

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