I donated my 67th trash bag yesterday.
It felt like such an accomplishment.
Each bag, filled with at least 20 items, sometimes more. That is a crazy amount of things.
In addition, I have purged at least 30 bags of trash alone.
Seeing the space that has been created, I can hardly fathom that we ever had that much “stuff” in our house. That much that wasn’t wanted or needed.
67 bags of stuff. Just stuff. Gone in an instant. It didn’t take many long months or lots of long hours.
It just took having a plan and initiative.
I know its not easy.
We have so much emotional attachment to stuff it is unreal. I am guilty.100% Guilty. A filled to the brim house makes us feel rich,full and content.
But does it really?
Do you feel content, every time you have to brace yourself from fallen items every time you open a closet? Every time you wasted a Saturday morning organizing and dusting things you didn’t need or really want.
In fact, I still find myself doing it every time I open the coat closet in our hallway. This closet has been filled to the brim since we moved here. It is an easy place to store items that we feel we need but don’t want to deal with. I confess that I have been hit in the head several times by the two irons on the top shelf of this closet.
I have only ironed 6 times in the last three years, yet it took me 3 years and 4 bumps on the head to finally remove them.
But true. Are you guilty of this too? Do you let stuff make you happy?
Now to be clear I am not talking about items you truly cherish and love. These items by definition are not “stuff” but treasure, a clear difference. I am talking about the stuff you have that just fills up space. Lots of bags, shoes, ugly pictures, 5000 mugs and plates.
Are you guilty?
If you are than I challenge you to fill a bag today. Real quick. Grab a trash bag or a box and run through the house and don’t stop until its filled. Don’t think, just grab. Then take the box and put it into the car. Don’t give yourself time to think about it. Just go.
You will feel so good when you are finished! Remember stuff will always be stuff. Don’t let it way you down.
Best of Luck and let me know how you did.