When I was young, I wanted more of everything it seemed. I wanted a higher paying job, a bigger house, a nicer car, etc. I worked hard on it for a long time. Then, I had my strokes. Most of what I had worked for went away. My job was gone along with a large portion of my income.
Now, many years later, my whole thought pattern has shifted. I really want less….less stress, less ‘stuff’, fewer bills, fewer health issues, etc. I am planning on spending the rest of 2019 getting rid of things that do not bring me pleasure.
The next several posts are going to be about less rather than more. Right now, let’s talk about less.
It is amazing the amount of ‘stuff’ you can acquire through your life. It doesn’t help that my mom always said that you should not throw away something that still was ‘good’. After all, someone could use that, right?
When my mother passed, I got the honor of going through her house. It was amazing and sad. Out of respect to mom, I made sure that whatever was usable was either given to family or donated to a charity that could ‘use’ it.
I donated at least 20 bags of clean usable clothes to the local church thrift store. I am sure many of them mom had not worn for quite a while. The thrift store sorts the donations and what is not good enough for sale, they sell in big bundles to a recycler.
I took two pickup loads of blankets, sheets, towels, etc. to a local no-kill shelter. This was AFTER the family had gone through and each grandchild picked out what they wanted.
The kitchen was about the same way. My sister-in-law took 3 or 4 sets of china for her daughters. My nieces and nephews are set for when they set up houses. There were still leftovers that we took to our local church thrift store
Even with all the donations I did, there were still at least 4 of the large dumpsters full of trash. My mom’s house was not dirty but she kept a lot of things. Lots of magazines, paperwork, items that were long past their time, food that was outdated, etc. It was amazing how much we threw away while still trying hard to honor mom’s wishes.
I had to laugh at some of the odd stuff we found…..balls of rubber bands, the bags that bread comes in, the bags that the newspaper comes in when it is wet outside, etc.
The furniture went in the same way. I kept several pieces that were important to mom. And a lot of paperwork. Although I tried to be ruthless in sorting, I ended up with quite a bit. I know it was because all this was so important to Mom.
Unfortunately, my husband and I have his mom’s stuff and now my mom’s. We also had been on our own for many years so we basically were combining 4 households.
So, do you see why I want LESS? I actually started seriously in 2019. Our thrift store was getting bags full weekly for a while.
I suggest starting with one little area. If you look at the whole house, it might overwhelm you.
I chose to start with my clothing. It is amazing how much clothing I held on to that were in different sizes in case I gained or lost weight. I am to the point now that if I need to change my wardrobe due to sizing, I will just go buy new. Plus it keeps me from gaining as when my clothes get tight, I have to wear them. It wakes me up to the fact I need to get back on the weight wagon.
There are all sorts of tricks to minimizing your possessions and I will let you know what works for me. I plan on keeping track of what I get rid of…not each piece but maybe by the bag.
What are your thoughts about more or less? Do you have a plan? What tips would you give to someone?