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So much Stuff!

December 17th, 2006 at 07:39 pm

Sometimes I wonder how I got to this point! As I sit looking around my house I have so much stuff! Stuff that I don't use, stuff that I don't even know why I bought in the first place. Lately I've been feeling as if all of this "stuff" owns me. I cannot feel comfortable in my own house because of the clutter. I was not brought up with alot of things. My parents, well, my mother was and is very frugal and never was our house cluttered and never did she buy something that was not absolutely necessary. Sometimes I wonder if that played a part in the way I am today. I always felt as though we did not have as much as the other kids. I longed for the designer clothing and all of the cool things that others had but my mother simply never bought into that. We got to choose 1 thing that we really wanted on our birthday or Christmas but never any other time. Was I deprived? Of course not, but I sure thought I was! When I was out on my own I simply bought everything I wanted to make up for all I thought I went without! So after 20+ years here I sit wishing I were back in the good old days when life was much more simple!
My first goal is to get rid of all these un-needed possessions, clear the clutter. I will go room by room until I am down to only the things that mean something or the things that I really need. This will be quite a challenge considering the size of my house and the amount of things to go through!

5 Responses to “So much Stuff!”

  1. Trixie Belden Says:

    I know what you mean. I was looking around my apartment at all the nick nacks I've collected for the past 15-20 years that I don't even like any more. I don't even have that much sentimental attachment to them, but I won't give them to a thrift store. I don't know why. I think I am going to purge big time when I move next year. I didn't purge when I move here about a year and a half ago because it was a flat fee to move all my stuff - I could have moved hundreds of pounds more stuff and still paid the same rate. So, I brought everything with me. Bad move.

  2. Ima saver Says:

    I understand. I got into collecting things in my 30's and now I wonder why. I hope to get rid of a lot if I ever move!!

  3. Broken Arrow Says:

    Hehe. I used to have a lot of stuff too.

    After separating with my ex, with the necessity of moving, I rid of almost all of it! It felt so good to have almost a blank canvas to work with!

    I am slowly and surely getting some stuff back, but everything is weigh carefully to make sure that I actually need it or really want it first, before I even have it.

    A meaningful life in a meaningful surrounding?

  4. janH Says:

    Hi, Cindi! In trying to declutter, look at the flylady.net website. That's what they help you do--declutter and build routines. It's helped me let go of my stuff. I have gone through the same process you are going through.

  5. crazyliblady Says:

    Hi. If you want to make some money of off this stuff, you could place an ad on ebay, craiglist, or the newspaper. If you want to just get rid of it and don't care about the money, try freecycle. I belong to a freecycle group at groups.yahoo.com. For whatever stuff you want to get rid of, just place an offer. The only catch is that there can't be any money change hands. Whoever wants the thing has to come get it. When my husband and I were moving from a major metro area, we gave away and threw away more than what we brought with us on our move.

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