This blog chronicles my life as I try to balance healthy lifestyle habits with my husband's penchant for pizza rolls and my daughter's desire to watch iCarly 8 hours a day. It contains a mostly humorous, kind, and somewhat spiritual look at everyday life and the people who live it.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Too Much Stuff
Where did it all come from? Recently I have been thinking a lot about money (paying a mortgage and rent will do that to you), and I was feeling pretty good about how lean we have been living. Now I look around me as I fight for space for my laptop on the desk, and I realize that I don’t know what lean is. I haven’t lived “lean” for many years. I could make a resolution to return all of these items to their rightful owners/places but I’m a realist: I don’t live alone therefore I don’t have complete clutter control. Of course blaming others for my “stuff” problem isn’t really the answer either, but what is the answer? Do I shop less? Purchase only what is absolutely necessary for life and nothing else? What about the stuff that just seems to happen: I am quite sure I never purchased an Empire Today Carpet bobble head! Does anyone at Goodwill really want that? Can I sell it on eBay? Feed it to a landfill? Send it back to the company and tell them thank you, but I already have enough stuff and would they please keep their stuff to themselves?
I resolve to have less stuff. I don’t know exactly how I’m going to lessen the stuff I already have, but I can (somewhat) control acquiring new stuff. I aim for a warm, comfortable, happy, and healthy home with JUST ENOUGH stuff, but not TOO much.