Wednesday, September 18, 2013
There are some things that a person holds onto for a long time. Mine shows up physically, as in stuff. I'm not worthy of 'Hoarders', but I know I'm also not the cleanest.
Over the course of losing weight, I've also been going through stuff. I've gotten rid of things that I felt needed to be held onto for the last 15 years or so. It's amazing how space feels. Sometimes it's scary, but sometimes it feels good. It's about finding the balance that works for me. I need to make sure my family can get around the house without tripping over anything, but I just haven't gotten used to open spaces.
The worst thing I have to deal with is paperwork. I have a filing system, but every year I just don't get around to updating the file, so sometimes I have a box of stuff to be filed a year later. I think I may actually be 2 years behind right now.
If anyone were to come over, I could allow them in, but I'm just not completely comfortable with letting people into my home for long yet. I guess I enjoy my virtual world more than the real world because I can think things out before I say them here.
I have been getting more comfortable with letting go of things so I can allow people to come over. I have most of my stuff organized now and have gotten rid of many things that were holding me back. It's amazing some of the worthless stuff I've had in boxes and have had to move so many times.
I've gotten rid of things that the kids have outgrown. I've gotten rid of projects I know I'll never finish since I've had them for over a decade. I've gotten rid of high school memory stuff that I'll never use for anything, who needs more than just their yearbooks? I've gotten rid of pictures of other people's kids that I never talk to anymore. I've gotten rid of old toys that were just taking up space. I've gotten rid of old baby clothes from when I was little.
I have to look forward to the things that will be and stop accumulating things. It's about the memories that you make with others and not the stuff that triggers the memories.
My next step, to send back the next cookbook that will show up this year. I had been getting them annually, but one can only have so many cookbooks around the house, especially when so many of the recipes call for a can of this or a bag of that and none truly from scratch.
It's time to move on with the things I have that are working for me and not against me. Little by little, I will have my space again.
Today's Holidays: The United States Air Force was officially created on September 18, 1947, World Bamboo Day, Hug A Greeting Card Writer Day and National Cheeseburger Day.