- Having too much makes it hard to access and use the things you actually do like
- I avoid wearing things that need ironing because my ironing process is cumbersome-it takes a long time to get out the iron and all that. I have a plan to solve that problem, which is good.
- By simplifying the rules of what makes something worthwhile to keep, I was able to much more aggressively remove things that have not been useful for a long time.
- I keep things that aren't useful any more because either I fear I might need them at some point, or because I love some sensual aspect of them-the fabric or the way it is made-even if it doesn't fit or flatter me.
- I fall prey to the fantasy that if I wear certain things I'll somehow become a different person-buying the me I want is easier than working to become the me I want.
I know, deep stuff sometimes. But it is an important thing to get a handle on. It speaks to contentment, satisfaction with life, what I need to be happy and other things. And it's important to remember that "having" refers to stuff other than stuff. It's any thing or undertaking that takes the focus off of people and relationships and living life in the moment rather than always waiting for something to make me happy. I'm grateful for the chance to explore my tendencies and maybe get over some of my need to "have." Fortunately, I have some balance and know the importance of being and also of people, so I'm not swept away by my stuff. I do feel overwhelmed by it at times, and frankly, that just should not happen.
So here are the photos:
|Before. So now you know.|
|The Sorting. A magic hat would have made it easier but|
I'm proud of how I did all by myself.
|This many hangers were freed from their forced servitude.|
|After. It's a good start. I could have been braver, but even|
in my cowardice, I filled up 4 large shopping
bags with stuff for Goodwill.