It was a comment for Sabine that inspired this post. She had no desire to do the writing that she usually enjoys because of all the stuff she “needs” cluttering up her desk. “Maybe it is time to reassess what ‘need’ is.” she said. Then in Tuesday’s post I mentioned how little we really do need as opposed to what we “think” we need. I know I stated in that post that we really only need food, water, shelter and love, it is a little more complicated than that but not as complicated as we tend to make it for ourselves.
You only have to look at the photos all the things I have decluttered from my home to see how much stuff we had that we thought we needed or wanted, only to find that sooner or later we discovered we didn’t need it after all. Somethings took longer to get rid of than others and that was often due to not being quite ready to part with them because we though maybe we still need them. Here are some examples…
- Some we haven’t used for sometime but maybe one day we just might.
- Some had been in use until recently but even though they were useful we really weren’t going to need them.
- At least one was something I thought would be so useful when I acquired it and I used it once in about seven years.
- One just didn’t really fit in the house anywhere anymore.
- One got used once a year to cut leg ham at Christmas.
- Two never did perform the job well that they were designed for.
- Changes of diet, climate and dwelling had a hand in some of them not being used anymore.
They all look useful enough right? It could be very easy to hang on to all of these things with the idea that our circumstances might change and we will “need” them again. Circumstances such as lifestyle, living arrangements, interests, returning to old habits and the like. But please take another look at all of that stuff. What among it is necessary to survival. None, thats how much. And there is still plenty more where that lot came from like the crutches in the garage cupboard that have come in handy three times in five years, the spice chest that only half the drawers hold items that could easily be stored elsewhere, the wine glasses we really have too many of, lots of craft supplies etc etc.
How many items such as this do you hold on to because you think you might “need” them some day. As Lena said in a comment yesterday “Everyone chooses their own games.” The beauty is you can change the game rules if you want to or even the game itself if you like. Take a chance and play the declutter game instead of the clinging to things of limited use
Today’s Declutter Item
This was one too many bicycle pumps and two locks that I couldn’t remember the combinations for.
“In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.” Brother David Steindl-Rast