I am not a stuff person by nature. I’m a like the counters empty, and the cupboards organized, and the toys totally sorted, and there’s extra space in that drawer type person. But, now, I’m feeling choked by too much stuff.
Stuff. I don’t even really like that word. Stuff.
I’ve been mulling over the issue with stuff. Of course, we are inundated with the idea that we need to continue feeding our insatiable need for the purchasing of more things. Every single item in that Target cart will have to find a place in one’s home. I could go through and purge every room to help alleviate the stuff. Which, of course, I need to do. But, I think the issue with stuff is deeper.
It involves not allowing happiness to be defined by the amount of things that fill one’s home, or cart, or bookshelves, or garage. In fact, all those items, I believe, pull away from one’s happiness. The excess stuff creates anxiety, discontent, and lack of peace.
Why do I like the clean counters? My eyes can rest there. It’s calm and order in the midst of a busy and active life.
But, then, how does one move from the irritation of too much stuff to the discipline of managing and letting go of stuff? It’s trust — having faith that one doesn’t need all of those potentially needed things to be content. The idea that stuff and things creates contentment is a double-edged sword. Initially? There’s the happiness. Then it moves to management. Then irritation. Then the overwhelming feeling of living with too much stuff.
It clutters the mind.
So here I sit. In my home that’s flirting with too much stuff. I need a system, a routine, a plan. First- Prepping my heart to let it go and recognizing how excess can create chaos. Second – An intentional effort to remove items from my home and not allow emotions to dictate whether it stays. Third – An even more intentional effort to not bring more into my home. Fourth – The establishment of systems to maintain a level of order. Fifth – Start over again with step one.
Too much stuff — meet my word — resolute. I’m determined to root you out.
Less is more.
Less stuff lets me spend more time with the real important.
What are your strategies for dealing with stuff?
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