“The more you have, the more you are occupied. The less you have, the more free you are.”
Blessed Mother Theresa
Do you ever feel overwhelmed? Like there is too much stuff in you life? The average household has grown in square footage but our houses are more full than ever. Storage facilities are big business because people have more stuff than they have more room for. I don’t have time to go into all the reasons why here. I will save that for another day. Today I want to address the question of ‘Do we need it all?”
In our lives no matter who we are we accumulate stuff. If you earn more money than average you probably accumulate better stuff. I have inherited things from all sorts of family members and friends who pass on their old stuff to us. I wish to say thank you to everyone who thinks of us. But at some time we end up with too much stuff. When is it too much?
- When you can no longer close your closets, or your dresser drawers, you probably have too much stuff.
- When you can no longer park your car in the 2 car garage, you probably have too much stuff.
- When you have to buy a storage shed or rent a storage facility you probably have too much stuff.
- If you spend all day working to pay for or picking up or cleaning your stuff, you probably have too much stuff.
- If you moved 3 years ago and still have boxes you have not unpacked, you probably have too much stuff.
- If you desire less clutter in your house, you probably have too much stuff.
- If you don’t use all of your stuff regularly, you may have too much stuff
- If you can’t find something when you want to use it, you may have too much stuff.
We have plenty of storage at our house. My kids can close their dressers and closets and not worry about something falling out and hitting them on the head. Yet somehow I feel like stuff is overwhelming me. At my house we only seem to use 20% of our stuff on a regular basis. We seem to wear the same clothes every week. We use the same kitchen appliances on a regular basis. We even use the same mugs on a daily basis.
So what is a Granola Catholic to do? We have decided to reduce our possessions by 20%, by the end of May. (now you see why this post is going up a little late). I have been working for the last week on cleaning out and decluttering our house room by room. I am making an effort to take away 20% in each area. That means 20% in clothing , 20% in books, 20% in my kids’ rooms. (yes the kids too). You get the drift. Some of these items will be sold at a family yard sale, some on craigslist and at the end of the month anything left will go to charity.
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