Suffocating in Stuff?

organization productivity Feb 09, 2022

Why is it so tough to go through and get rid of stuff?

We've moved a lot.

My husband is in the military so it's part of the deal.

One of the things that has always floored me is how quickly movers can pack up our house when it's time to move.

We have about 20,000 lbs of stuff (one of the random facts you have to know when you're in the military) and it takes 2 days for them to put it all in boxes, label it, number it, and load it on a truck.

10 TONS of stuff. 2 days.

With four kids, it feels like I'm constantly going through stuff - papers, clothes they grow out of, memorabilia, emails, even food they bring home...

Some days it feels like their stuff multiplies in my sleep! 

But it's worth it to me to create systems to purge regularly, because when we have an organized life it's so much easier to think clearly.

It's also true with our thoughts: when we have an organized mind, it's a lot easier for us to keep our space clean.

Lately, I've been wondering why it's so how HARD to go through STUFF.

... especially since I've seen people box up ALL of my stuff in two days!

... and then when it's my turn to clean out a closet it's sometimes a big mental whine fest.

I think one of the reasons is because I've got so much drama and story behind my stuff - and movers don't.

To them, it's a costume.

To me, it's something my mom made and my kids wore when they were little... (and they were so cute! ...and they are growing up ...and I'm going to miss them so much when they leave! ... and maybe one day my grandkids will want to wear it.)

But really - it's a costume.

It's not my mom and it's not my kids (or my future grandkids).  I can still hold onto the memories and let the costume go.

I don't need to let it take up real estate in my house, collecting dust in some closet, with the hopes that my kids might someday have their own kids who might want to wear it...

Bottom Line:

Clean space equals a clean mind and vice versa.

I've done the work to manage my mind around my stuff and I absolutely LOVE the results!

My house is my safe haven and breath of fresh air.

So... here's to an organized life!  xo, Janeen 


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