I’m packing. I’m not a collector of stuff. Our home is usually neat and organized. I clean out things regularily and take stuff to local charities.
We now have over 100 boxes that constitute our lives moving to Hawaii. I’m sure we’ll have 50 more and that is for 2 people! Where do we get all this stuff? Do we really need it? We had a whole box of kitchen utensils and that didn’t count the ones I kept out because I knew I’d need them in the next 2 weeks!
Do we accumulate stuff because of a need to have new stuff or because we really need it? Our move is accumulating duplicates of many things. Maybe someday I’ll sort through everything and give duplicate stuff away. Maybe the core of the problem is that we don’t make time to get rid of stuff.
My sister has a great blog on cleaning out her junk drawer. I think it could be expanded beyond just the junk drawer. I watch HGTV’s Mission Organization and it is always the same. New mantra’s:
- BUYING STUFF: Do you really need this? How will it make your life easier? Do you really love it or are you buying it because it is a “bargain”? Will you still “NEED” it in one year? What stuff will it replace? Give them away now! Save our environment – don’t buy things that will end up in landfills without being “loved”.
- “SPRING” CLEANING: I’ve been doing this with my clothes closet for years and it works. Put all clothes into 3 categories A) Keep: have worn/used in last year B) Give away: needs replacing or haven’t worn or doesn’t fit and C) Store: Haven’t worn it but love it. Store gets put in box with contents list and date. If I haven’t opened box in next year, I give the whole box away. This concept needs to be expanded to cover the whole house. Divide home/closets into areas and assign each area a month. In that month, commit to clean, organize (keep, give away/trash, store) and plan for any design changes.
- ASSESS/PLAN LIFE of STUFF: Peter and I are tech addicts. We realize that our computers/accessories have a limited life before we will replace them. We try to upgrade and give old stuff away while it still has value and can be used by others. Again, this concept can be applied to other aspects of our Stuff. Some stuff we get tired of; other stuff is “dated”; other stuff we just don’t use anymore. Big categories are furniture, books, kitchenware. Again, spring cleaning time is good time to evaluate what needs upgrading/eliminating.
Moving is good. It forces you to clear and organize your stuff. This in turn clears and organizes your soul. Think of “spring cleaning” as a soul cleansing exercise.
(Can’t you tell I’m trying to psych myself up for more packing! Yuk – have to conquer the garage today…)