This post was inspired by a short and delightful article I read recently by Carl Richards, New York Times, You Probably Have Too Much Stuff.
Before reading this article almost a year ago one morning I was searching for some pants to wear to work. I came across what seemed like an endless supply of tan pants. I had at least 4 pair, and I thought to myself:
When did I buy all these ugly pants?
I couldn’t remember why I would buy tan pants in the first place. The next thing I did will be even more suprising…I put them back in my closet.
Why would I hang up and place four pair of tan pants in my closet that I now hated?
Preparation for the urgent need where tan pants would save the day?
It felt to wasteful to throw away pants I had no intention of wearing?
Afraid to let go for some bizarre reason?
All three of these ideas floated through my mind as I stared at the tan pants in my closet.
Then I decided in that instance, I was getting rid of everything I had worn in two years, only two because I’m still a bit paranoid.
I had filled four 30 gallon trash bags with shoes and clothes when I was done. I was happy and slighty disgusted that I felt the need to hold-on to the stuff for so long.
Relieved I dropped the bags into one of those charity donations chutes in a supermarket parking lot.
Holding on to stuff is exhausting; mental, physical and psychologically.
GET RID OF SOME STUFF
Clear your mind, house and heart. If your holding on to something. Get rid of it.