My husband and I are going through a major clean out of our garage and storage spaces. We have countless items, some even duplicates and triplicates, that we have stored over the years thinking we might use it again one day. With my work schedule, non-profit work and freelance writing and his woodworking business, and our busyness with family and friends, we have gotten into the habit of putting things we aren’t using on a storage shelf, or out in the garage until we have time to deal with disposing of it. The problem is, that time never comes. Sure, we often will check around with others to see if they can use it, especially when it comes to the older woodworking equipment where my husband has upgraded. However, sometimes we don’t even take the time to do that. As a result of letting our schedules get out of control, our storage spaces have gotten out of control. We finally drew a line in the sand and committed to nothing else coming in, until we have completed this major purge. That means, even if I see a pair of cute shoes, or a fantastic outfit on sale, I will not be buying it right now. I want my life to be more about relationships and focus on how I can positively impact the world around me and less about the stuff I have.
“A simple life is not seeing how little we can get by with—that’s poverty—but how efficiently we can put first things first. . . . When you’re clear about your purpose and your priorities, you can painlessly discard whatever does not support these, whether it’s clutter in your cabinets or commitments on your calendar. (148)”
― Victoria Moran,