Guess what I did today?
Yeah, more packing. I thought I might actually be able to take a break from it today, but before I know it, the day was filled with sorting through items and putting them in boxes, a trash bag, or the yard sale/donate pile.
And all of this packing has made me think a lot about stuff. What we keep, why we keep it, why certain things are harder to get rid of then others. It really is a fascinating thing.
So, let’s talk about stuff! A whole series on stuff!! Seriously.
Welcome to “The Stuff Series”.
Sooo…as I have been thinking about where to start this series and, as I’ve been making decisions about everything that goes into a box the past two weeks, I kept coming back to the same question…
What is the purpose of stuff?
Have you ever really thought about the purpose of the stuff you have in your home? I mean…really thought about it?
After doing some of my own pondering, while packing, I arrived at a simple answer…
My stuff is there for me.
Mind-blowingly simple, right? It is simple, but when you recognize that each item in your home is there for you, it’s a game-changer.
Your stuff is there for you.
This means that your stuff shouldn’t feel like a burden. You shouldn’t feel like you have to keep something just because you paid money for it and never used it or because someone gave it to you, but you don’t really like it. You can let go of things that you used to love, but your style has changed. You can get rid of clothes that are too small, and kitchen gadgets that you never use, and stuff in boxes in the attic that you haven’t seen in 20 years, but you thought you might need some day. Get rid of the hasty purchases and half-finished projects, things bought with good intentions, and things someone once told you to keep.
Your stuff should make you smile. It should solve a problem. It should make your life easier and more comfortable.
Because, if your stuff isn’t there for YOU (and your family is included in that YOU)…
Why is it there?