I can’t even begin to explain how satisfying it is to declutter! Except, well, here I am beginning to explain it. I wrote recently about reuniting with childhood stuffed animals and how some are going to be rehomed, while others will stay with me because I just can’t say goodbye. But y’all, I am turning into a savage with the stuff I’ve accumulated over the years. I’ve been in my house for about a decade and as I sort through things, I’m like, “Why? Why do I have this?” Boom, into the pile it goes.
Then, as if by divine providence, I was chatting with my great neighbor yesterday (Thursday) about all sorts of stuff, and just before I went back to my house I said, “Hey do you have any yard sales coming up?” He’s a pro at having a couple of big yard sales every year. People come from all over to buy stuff.
He goes, “Yeah, Saturday.”
Me: “No way.”
Him: “Yep, Saturday.”
So that is really cool. I’ve been through the attic entirely once and probably need to do one more pass up there. Furniture, lawn equipment, kitchen utensils, dogs, nothing is off limits! Oh wait, I’ll keep the doggies. 🙂
I feel such a relief as I declutter my house. Stuff I don’t use or haven’t even looked at or touched in a decade, I just come back to the question, “Why do I have this?” It’s been a nice few days of sorting, I’ll say that. For some reason, it just feels like weight off my shoulders. I’m not a minimalist by any means, but even with some things still having an emotional connection, I’m more excited about thinking about the future, not the past.
Have you gone through something like this before? Are there things I need to watch out for (like, emotionally and mentally… not physically (like spiders!))? Chime in below and I’ll answer when I can because in the meantime, I’ll be zipping around putting things into piles… and in the trash!
-Out of the Wilderness