2021 is going to be the year that I declutter. I am going to let go of things that no longer work in my life. I was brought up to not be wasteful. We were not allowed to leave food on our plates. We used things until they were not able to be used. Which meant that clothes were handed down, then used for cleaning rags or my grandmother made these comfy, cozy patchwork quilts. I guess that is why I have so much stuff.
When I was married as a 17 year old, we didn't have a lot of money. So I didn't have a lot of stuff. I actually had one pair of dress shoes. I can remember saying that one day I was going to have so many shoes that I could not count them. Well that my friends is definitely true. The last time I counted I had over 300 pair of shoes. This was after giving away 10 pairs this summer. Most of which I don't wear and really have forgotten about until it is time to move. So yep, I am sure my years of lack play a big part in my getting and holding on to stuff.
I keep things way past the time that I have an interest or use for them. I don't want to be wasteful. And then when I finally make the decision to let it go, I still hold on because I am trying to find the right home. Somebody to appreciate the item as much as I do.
But over the last year I became fed up with stuff. I became fed up with stacks of stuff that was taking up space, and that I never really used. So during our COVID quarantine I started getting rid of my stuff. I admit that it was kind of hard. I can't tell you how may times I put something in the giveaway bag only to take it out and put it back in the closet. But yes, I did get rid of bags and bags of things. Some things still had tags hanging on them. They had been in my closet for 3 years. Since my move in 2018.
I have decided that for 2021 I want to live differently. I want to be streamlined. I don't want to have a lot of stuff. I want to have things that I love. Things that I actually use. I no longer want to have stuff stacked up. Closets full of clothes and shoes that I never wear.
I am actually excited about my upcoming decluttering days. And while I am on a roll, I have made the decision to not only declutter stuff, but I am going to declutter in all areas. Things that don't fit in with my new direction for my life will have to go. I refuse to hang on to anything (that includes people too). that clutter my space, my mind, my life. Come on 2021!
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