So I can think of about a thousand and one things I would have rather done this Saturday but it was time and it had to be done. I can’t help but laugh at the idea of keeping a storage unit. You have all this stuff that you can obviously live without but you are paying to leave it somewhere just so you know it’s there. After coming to that realization it was decided that our spring cleaning must start early this year. So we grabbed a truck and headed to storage.
What a mess of extra stuff…I don’t know if it’s just because it’s that time of year and it feels good to get rid of the unnecessary or if I’m just starting to get rally comfortable with the idea of living lighter. I am so grateful that my family has things, a home, a bed, clothes and toys for my child, but I feel like too much stuff can be suffocating.
We made amazing time sifting through all our things in storage. It’s funny the things you are willing to walk away from and the other things that you are really challenged to part with. I notice both said a lot about my husband and myself. He tended to want to hang on to practical things, tools and equipment, while I was attached to the items that held some sentimental value. I think that’s part of what makes us work. We are not perfect as individuals but as a team we offset the weaknesses of the other while highlighting the strengths. We concurred our mess and survived.
Now I can’t say I did it all on my own. I have a tendency to want to hang on to most things but I reminded myself that it is liberating to be rid of some of the excess. I found myself thinking about a show I used to watch called “clean sweep”. I’m sure a number of you have seen it but for those of you that have not, the basic idea is that you have a couple that have a serious issue with a room or multiple rooms in their home. The crew comes in unloads the space and then the real work begins. Their “expert” suggests taking everything and sorting it into three piles…keep-sell-toss. So I tried to act on the same basic principal…I’m a little OCD so I didn’t have anything to trash but we did manage to come out of it with a TON…I really mean it…a TON of stuff for a yard sale. I feel incredibly foolish that we actually paid to let this stuff sit in storage when we were really ready to say goodbye…oh well, live and learn.
So the big task for the week is to go through the rest of the house and filter out anything else that is ready to go and toss it in the yard sale pile…another not so excellent way to spend a Saturday but I think it will be well worth it once it is gone.
One of the hardest but most rewarding tasks in the last couple of days was sorting through the baby stuff I had stashed all over the house. I’ve come up with two huge…HUGE…bags of stuff for two expecting Mommies that I know will really get some good use out of them. It was so hard to go back through all the tiny little clothes and thin it out. I really wanted to keep every single thing… but I managed to cut it down in 3rds… 1/3 to hang on to and 2/3 to give away.
I’ve decided that tonight is going to be an early night…meeting a friend in the a.m. to get our sweat on… but I’d like to leave you with a little something a friend shared with me…it was so simple yet so brilliant.
“Drink water, eat good food, move, rest, relax, connect.” ~a friend
Don’t sweat the big stuff until you’ve got a grip on the basics. Night