Poor Wendi over at My Heart is Always Home bared her heart this morning and shared a post on STUFF.
Stuff...material things...clutter...or, in my case, plain ol' JUNK.
I am covered up in stuff here. As I told her, I could try to say it's because we used to have a 2 story farmhouse and now I have a double-wide mobile home of only 1400 sq ft. And before that, I had an even larger farmhouse.
Or, we are 11 (well, right this moment in time, with Dewey and Chris gone working we are only 9) people living in that space.
Or we have accumulated materials for the home we will build.
I could probably find several viable excuses really, at least for some of the excess here. But the flat, hard reality of it all isn't any of that.
I just have too much stuff.
Yes, I am a prepper, basically. Yes, I am moving in the direction of more self-reliance from a homestead point-of-view.
But I have too much junk, period. I don't have any of it under control, or even remotely organized, and that's what makes it clutter instead of preps, or storage. I have so much stuff here it hinders a peaceful life. I live under a huge cloud of depression and stress, on edge most times, and it's mainly due to the junk we have accumulated.
Sure, there are mostly useful things in my junk/clutter collection -- I have tons of fabric and assorted sewing items. I have an entire schooling career of books, supplies and extras for 8 children to move from preschool learning right through high school. We have assorted animal needs, some for critters no longer in the homestead rotation here. We have tools galore -- could open my own Harbor Freight or Grainger Supply and still have more than enough for my own use.
Plain truth of it all is it's just too much stuff and it really is a hindrance to good, peaceful living here
So, the gist of my post (aw, c'mon now, you knew I'd get to a point eventually didn't you?) is this: I need to declutter, purge, clean out, organize, dejunk -- whatever tag you want to use. I wish it were as simple as just organization but I know it's gonna be more involved than that. I need to pare down even the seemingly useful things here. That takes being brutal in my keeping selection. I'm not really good at that. That inability is a big part of how I got to this stage in the first place.
Wanna join me? I know I'm not the only one sitting in life surrounded by just too much *whatever*. Dewey comes home for good in about 3 weeks -- I should probably plan for only 2 weeks, but hey now, Rome wasn't built in a day!
I want...I need...to sort down and remove stuff here. I need to be brutal with a great deal of it in order to get it done once and for all. I cannot just organize and move it around thinking it will make a difference. Good grief, I suppose I should share pictures of the mess and clutter before and after, too, heh? Given my sharings recently you might not know it, but I've got pride :o( another big hindrance, but it's there nonetheless. I don't know about the before pictures. I'll have to pray on those some.
Who wants -- needs -- to join the challenge? It's always easier to walk together.
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