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Letting go

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.
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  • BRENDA_G50

    It's funny how my DH always thinks MY stuff is junk, but, HIS stuff isn't. emoticon
    1135 days ago
    I feel you on not being comfortable letting people into your home. I spend so much time with friends online because I don't have to clean or be anxious about the house looking nice enough for friends to come over. I'm not living in sloth, but I'm a clutterbug and lazy, so sometimes things are just messy.

    Hope you continue feeling great about freeing up some room!

    1135 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    You are right about hanging onto the high scool yearbooks and throing a lot of the school stuff that was sooooooooooooo important so long ago. I did all that tossing before we sold our house in July and moved. It is amazing how important some things are not any more, that needed the right time to throw away---many years after they should have. Having lived in our home with plenty of space, but finding out we choose to move into a smaller place---that was all the incentive I needed to start tossing stuff after living in the same place for 44years. Good gor you to start getting the apartment back in order and having some more space.
    1135 days ago
    Getting rid of the clutter in our lives is a good thing. Also getting rid of new things that come in the door before they become clutter is a great new habit to form. These are both things I am working on. The second one is easier for me. Most of our clutter is books and hobby supplies. My DH hates to part with things he inherited from his parents or any books he might ever need including parts catalogs and his books from college!
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  • CHERYLA2012
    Here's to knowing when it's time to let go!
    1135 days ago
    That's great. It will be so liberating you to de-clutter.
    1135 days ago
    Good for you for tackling that clutter. Great that you kept your yearbooks. I have often wanted to look back to my one copy, but never know where it is. When you sit here, as I am on my couch looking out to the greenness that makes up the Pacific Northwest, I know the real world is far superior to the virtual one. Have you ever heard of Nature Deficiency Disorder? I believe it's a Norwegian idea. Best wishes, Glenn
    1135 days ago
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