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More Is Too Much

Uh Oh, I have found more. I mean More of everything. If one is good, 8 is even better.

Yep, I’m overwhelmed with ‘stuff’ that has been accumulating in my house for 14 years, give or take a generation or two.

I’m still ‘cleaning out’ to ‘make way’ for folks to move into my house for a few months, and the task gets more and more out of control. Well, the task isn’t out of control, just the amount of possessions I have added to my ‘why do I have this?’ collection is out of control.

Hats, scarfs, and frames and the pictures in the frames.

You ask, how can I throw away pictures? Truth be told, no one wants them, no one knows who is in the photographs, and what will someone else do with them?

But disposing of family photographs is not a guilt-free exercise. Hey, it’s not like tossing used toothbrushes out, you know, those brushes you have used for years and years and are now down to short bristles that do permanent damage to your gums. You have history with those brushes, but you can chuck them in the trash without expending too much emotion about it. Not so with pictures. They are FAMILY, after all. But, at 75, I’m doubtful I will pull them out and look at them again, and my family members have their own copies of said shots.

So, trash bins are filling up.

Then there is this pile of scarfs. My mother was a scarf-aholic and I ended up with these lovely neck pieces. Trouble is, I haven’t found even one of them that works with my shorts/jeans/crop pants and t-shirts. Maybe that combination will come into style someday, but right now, it doesn’t seem to be the fashion rage.

So, in the 2nd Chance box they go.

Now, let’s look at those hats. Most of them are baseball caps…some giveaways, some from visited places, and one particularly special pink one that was given to me when I retired from the Chamber of Commerce 14 years ago. I can’t get rid of that one. And how about my Rotary hat? Nope, that one has to stay, as does my pink Pussy hat.

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So, some go, some stay…and how exactly do I store my favorite sun hat without ruining it?

I’m not even going to mention the numerous pairs of gloves, or dog leashes, or purses, etc., etc., etc.

You are getting the picture of how unsettling life can be when you have too much ‘stuff’ and not enough options for discarding/saving/re-gifting items you have quietly accumulated and have overlooked in your day-to-day life.

I know I am losing emotional weight as I go through my house eliminating ‘things’. But I think I am gaining physical weight as I eat a cookie for everything that goes into the trash. Well, life is a give and take exercise, and I’m doing my fair share of letting go of things and taking on calories.

It balances out.

8 thoughts on “More Is Too Much

  1. Yes, anguish in letting go. But I¹ve found that once it¹s gone, I never think of it again,

    From: that little voice Reply-To: that little voice Date: Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 4:27 AM To: Paula James Subject: [New post] More Is Too Much

    WordPress.com that little voice posted: “Uh Oh, I have found more. I mean More of everything. If one is good, 8 is even better. Yep, I’m overwhelmed with ‘stuff’ that has been accumulating in my house for 14 years, give or take a generation or two. I’m still ‘cleaning out’ to ‘make way’ fo”

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    1. I hadn’t thought of it that way, but you are correct. I remember Anne Tully suggested I put things I was conflicted about in a box and store for a year. After a year, it is much easier to let go of those things I thought were so important at the time.

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  2. So hard … the cookies are deserved and the excess on the hips will evaporate of its own accord later. It is incredible how every single thing has a story, every single thing is imbued with emotion. I say again. Bon courage

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