I realize that having less stuff is a good thing. I’ve shut off the intake valve; I’m conscious about my purchases and make very few. However, to create the space that I want for myself and my family, I need to remove stuff.
Enter the garage sale.
I set a date and invited people to participate. With the date looming, my family assembled a large pile of things. The garage sale wasn’t wildly profitable, but it was rich in many other ways. I let go of things that I’ve been holding on to for various reasons. Here are a few of my silly reasons:
- I got a great deal on it
- It was a gift
- It’s my backup
- It’s in great shape
- I may need it someday
- It was expensive
- I might wear it when I paint (I never paint)
- It has sentimental value (the sentiment doesn’t leave with the item – photograph it or journal about it)
For me, I’m going with Use It or Lose It.
Now that I’ve removed a big round of stuff, I’m motivated to continue. When I open a cabinet or drawer I look for things that aren’t used. What can I get rid of? When I look at a room I look for things that are not beautiful or useful and remove them.
I love this quote from the Becoming Minimalist blog:
for me, minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things that i most value. it is about deciding what is most important in my life and removing the things that distract me from it. it is about removing the urgent for the sake of the important.
And so I’ll keep removing things that distract me from what is most important in my life. I’ll continue to make space to create.
How about you? Do you find it easy to let go of stuff?