For those of you who may not have read this comment by Amy last week I thought it was so great I wanted to bring it to the attention of you all.
Hey Amy I am glad you are OK and I hope you are inspired to declutter even more for the experience.
Here is what Amy wrote…
This isn’t really related to the post, but I had a profound uncluttering-related experience this past week, and I thought it would be appropriate to share it here.
Last Monday, a wildfire started 2.5 miles from my house. I was just getting back from a weekend away and didn’t even have time to go home a grab a few things before my area was evacuated. (Fortunately my neighbors got my pets out.) The fire spread and it was huge. 166 homes were completely destroyed. Fortunately my house was spared because the fire went in the other direction. I spent a whole week evacuated while hundreds of firefighters fought to contain the fire.
I had a lot of time to think about everything that was in that house, all of my belongings that I didn’t have with me for the long weekend. I had a lot of time to reflect on the possibility of losing it all. I thought about a few heirlooms and photos, I thought about the difficulty of replacing everything, and of course I thought about the 166 families that did lose everything. But in the end, while I was sad about possibly losing a few items, I felt that for me, it was just stuff. Just stuff that can all be gone in an instant. When I finally got back home, I felt overwhelmed by the amount of stuff there and much, much less attached to any of it.
I know these kind of experiences sometimes lead people to hoard, or at least attach more sentiment to their belongings. For me, it had the opposite effect.
We should all consider this scenario and decide what we would save and what we would abandon and then continue the decluttering process with that in mind.
There are other great comments on this post so go and check them out at this link. Rebecca has some particularly good advice.
ITEM 268 OF 365 LESS THINGS
Things just keep coming out of the woodwork so to speak. I found these old reading glasses in my sewing cabinet. They aren’t strong enough for my eyes anymore so they have to go.