How much space is taken up in your home with clutter from the person you once were. Do you still have…
- Sports equipment the will never be used again.
- Clothes that no longer fit.
- Musical instruments that you never really learned to play.
- College papers that are long out of date.
- Hobby supplies that you lost interest in some time ago.
- Music that you are embarrassed to say you once loved.
- Love letters from a faded romance.
- Books you read once and will never read again.
- Enough linen, crockery, cutlery etc to cater for your family of five when now it is just the two of you.
- Shelves of bric-a-brac that you no longer have the energy to dust.
- Tools in the garage that you no longer have the dexterity to use.
- Eyeglasses from when your vision was much closer to 20 20.
- Business suits from the job you retired from years ago.
- Supplies to put on those elaborate dinner parties you no longer could be bothered catering for. A simple meal with friends is now more your style.
- Gardening tools from a era gone by when you had the time to garden.
Like most lists of clutter this one could go on and on but I think you get the picture.
I know I will never play softball again, my shoulder is damaged enough from that previous life. I have let go of items of clothing that are not really suited to me now that I am in my mid forties. I have let go of my cross-stitch fabrics because there is little chance that I will go back to that craft. I prefer sensible shoes to high heals that kill my feet (Give me comfort over vanity any day).I have downsized my dining suite because 90% of the year there are only three of us eating at it. The ski equipment is gone because we no longer live near ski fields. As I mentioned on Tuesday, the storage containers are being decluttered because I refuse to go back to the level of clutter I once owned. And there are many more things that I have let go of that no longer fit with my current life.
There is no shame in moving on to the next phase of your life and there is no point desperately clinging on the the past. Be happy with the person you are now, embrace the new you. Let go of the items from your past that, if you are realistic, you know you no longer need. They are just cluttering up your life and holding you back.
Today’s Declutter Item
One thing I know I won’t be needin is baby clothes. I am not sure why I have held on to these ones. Probably because one of the grandmothers made them for my daughter. I am only keeping the really significant baby items to pass on to my kids. The little DUCATI sweater I knitted that both kids wore, the layette by mum made for when I brought my daughter home from the hospital and a couple of other items.
Something I Am Grateful For Today
I am glad that the customers and nearby business people are starting to get to know me at the thrift shop. I know some of them by name now and vice versa and I am really feeling at home there. I always seem to get more satisfaction from jobs that I make no money from.