I ask myself this question every year, and I swear I'll rid myself of clothes that I never wear, shoes that have been worn one (or 50) too many times, and general clutter. It's not like I'm one step away from having my own Hoarders episode, but I feel like my life is being suffocated by stuff. It's making my life... stuffy.
How many more times can I say stuff in this post?
Stuff, stuff, stuff, stuff, stuff, stuff, stuff, stuff, stuff. OK. Done.
|Source // God bless my English Lit. professor who tied Fight Club into the class in college. I love this movie!|
Here are a few ways I irrationally justify keeping things I don't need:
"I need that."
Occasionally, this is true. Most of the time, it's not. This is where I (need to) exercise self-control and truly prioritize.
Everything has sentimental value.
I am incredibly sentimental. I blame my parents. We have always treasured photo albums, home videos, scrapbooks, art projects, trophies, certificates, and childhood belongings. I love those tangible pieces of the past! Unfortunately, it is now difficult for me to part with anything under the sun. I'm working on it.
With clothing, I worry that I'll accidentally get rid of too much and then be left with nothing.
I have a difficult body type to clothe, so I cling for dear life to things that I don't really like anymore if they even kinda fit. Also, I continue to buy inexpensive, lower-quality items to get more "bang for my buck" (enter "that's what she said" joke for cheap laughs here) but then end up disappointed in the quality.
All in all, it is high time I clean out my life! It's time to donate, recycle, repurpose, and throw out. I need so much less than what I own. (Side note: I'm still keeping letters and cards. Those are not up for discussion.) It's time to make my life what I want it to be: Purposeful and light yet fun and plentiful.
Goodwill, you're welcome in advance. Here I go. Wish me luck.
Are you a borderline hoarder? ;)