In the process of moving, I’m coming across many (new) old friends that I haven’t seen in at least a year.
It’s amazing to me how much I’ve accumulated in a single year since I’ve moved from California. Pieces of paper that I print out on a whim, recipe cards gathered from grocery stores, lotion samples, heart burn samples, magazines, makeup kits, etc. Stuff, stuff, stuff that I look at once and then forget about even though they’re in plain site.
So this past weekend, I made a HUMONGOUS decision (for me) that I would get rid of a few books. I say this is huge because I love my books. They feel like old companions, friends whose voices I hear beyond their pages. But I had books I never read (always meant to) and books I read once and didn’t intend on reading again. What good are they to me now? Wouldn’t they better serve by being useful in the library? Donated to Goodwill? Read and enjoyed by others when they clearly weren’t being enjoyed by me any longer?
So half of my library is gone now and it feels AWESOMELY FANTASTICALLY WONDERFULLY SWEEEEET.
It also puts me in the state of mind that just because I am moving into a bigger home does not mean I need to accumulate more stuff! In fact, I think the “book release” process has made me more aware of what I bring into my life, what I call my hoarding tendencies. Do I really need all those lotion samples when I have a huge freaking bottle of lotion that will take me a year and a half to finish? Do I need makeup, heartburn medicine and aspirin vitamin samples? Do I need to buy that magazine I will read once and never look at again? Do I absolutely, 100% need to print out that email or article? Simply no.
A year ago, one of my favorite coaches wrote on her Facebook status that she had finished her clothing shopping for the year. Her blowout? 2 dresses from Target. I admired her for it, but didn’t think it was conceivable for me. This year, my goal is to live simply. I don’t need all those outfits and shoes. Today, I will get rid of 1/3 of them (because I know there’s at least 1/3 that I haven’t worn in at least a year).
I already feel the mental release, the clarity that I’ve been seeking for a while. It feels GOOD. I challenge you to get rid of stuff that is in your plain site but you never tend to “see.” Who could benefit from it? How can you do good by clearing out? Start with the junk food in your pantry. That’s how you’ll start with doing good for yourself.