Oh, hello! Help yourself to some beef stew. Mum made it.
So, after having read Debra’s brilliant post, I was inspired to straighten/clean/discard/sort through my stuff. It’s slow going, but the end result is worth it. This past weekend, I tackled, among other things, the front closet. More specifically, the shelf in the closet with all the really important winter scarves, etc thrown up there into a ball.
What did I learn? Bottom line? I have a problem. Turns out, I have eleventy jillion scarves. All beautiful. All ones I think I love. Also? I have 24,000 baseball hats. Which, you know. Good thing. Because I only regularly wear 3 of them. What. The. Heck? What do I need this much stuff for? Yes, I love the scarves. And yes, I still wear a lot of them. I could probably sell them on eBay, but it would break my heart to let them go to someone potentially yucky!
Earlier in the week, I had been wondering to myself why I still had so much outstanding debt. Um, duh, Mary. Why do you think you have so much debt?? (Yeah, I’m talking to myself. Don’t judge.) At least now, I have cut up my credit cards and can’t rack up more.(That’s a whole other post.)
I also recently went through all my purses, and weeded those out. And shoes. And I’ve been going through my clothes as I change them out for the season. It really is freeing to get rid of “things”. I think I’ve said it before, but I read somewhere recently that you should have in your life only things that enrich your life, and make you feel wonderful. Trying to eliminate things that don’t fit that bill is a worthwhile challenge, and one that I endorse heartily. It still isn’t easy, and I will continue to chip away at the rest of my clearly necessary stuff that I don’t even remember I own.
What will remain will be all things that I love. And make me smile. As it should be.
2009/10/30 at 7:30 pm
I would be willing to give some of those scarves and/or caps a new home…they would still be loved. :=)
2009/10/30 at 9:03 pm
*scribbling notes* OK. Good to know.
2009/10/27 at 6:35 pm
I went through this recently. I have about 20 pairs of jeans (there are 5 that I routinely wear) and I won’t even give you the count for my shoes and handbags. I sorted through the bags and thought I would put those on Ebay but I just can bring myself to do it. I love them too much—even if I don’t use them all the time. But I did go through my closet and got rid of things I’ve never worn, never will wear and don’t make me feel good.
But the hard part is going to be tackling the linen closet….
2009/10/27 at 7:51 pm
OOO! I did that too! All the mis-matched towels – gone. All my HBAs? Organized, in separate containers, and… wait for it… LABELED! It’s quite delightful to look in and see everything. Related: who knew I had so much floss?
2009/11/28 at 5:57 pm
Um, hello??? If you don’t want to sell your handbags because you don’t want to totally part with them, remember: I AM HAPPY TO USE THEM FOR YOU. And then when we have dinner and whatnot you can visit them.
I’m a giver. Obviously.
2009/11/28 at 7:51 pm
Your generosity is awe-inspiring. *wiping a tear* Send me your address and who knows? Maybe you’ll get a surprise in the mail…