Starting over again

I need to get back to my purpose. My aim is to simplify my life, to make it less stressful and more enjoyable. Tailor it to the kind of life I’ve dreamed about, where I do not have to work for anyone anymore (I do not like the word boss.) Where I can pack up and leave whenever I want. Where I’m not just working to pay bills to keep up appearances by acquiring more stuff. I don’t want to have to maintain all this stuff. In order to accomplish my mission I need to be mindful of the tasks required to fulfill my goal. 

One of the tasks I set for myself was to get rid of stuff I don’t need.

I have gone from a three bedroom house to one bedroom in my sister’s house (granted it’s a very generous sized bedroom but one bedroom all the same.) I have chosen this option because I’m on a quest to get rid of all my unnecessary stuff. I will be doing extensive traveling during the next three years and do not see the value in purchasing a house just to store my stuff. Obviously I don’t miss this stuff because I’ve been doing without it for the last six months and I’m already beginning to forget what is in those boxes.

I’ve already given away some of the stuff and the rest is stored in my sister’s garage. I need to get on the ball and get rid of the rest of that stuff. It’s been a heavy weight on my shoulders. Every time I think of going through that stuff it makes me tired. I have been tempted to just give away the stuff without even opening the boxes, however I realize it would be just pure laziness on my part.

Today I picked up the booklet More Fun Less Stuff starter kit by Betsy Taylor (Center for a New American Dream) and I have resolved to get cracking once and for all. I realize that this stuff is weighing me down and until I get rid of it I won’t be able to move on.

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7 Replies to “Starting over again”

  1. It is so true. When I sold my house and moved here to a 2 bedroom apartment I sold a ton of stuff. In the 2 years I have been here I have donated a ton of stuff to Goodwill trying to downsize more. Good luck!! Be safe.

  2. I just found your blog. I love you philosophy of downsizing and unburdening yourself from “stuff.” I am also trying to do that and simplify now that my children are mostly grown (only one still home in high school). I have been going through my closet this summer and have several bags of clothing to donate. (I am wondering why I have so many clothes when I can only wear one outfit at a time!)Thank you so much for your inspiration and also thanks for your service and sacrifice in the Air Force. My daughter is serving in the Navy! I look forward to more of your inspirational posts.

  3. I wish I could downsize. I thought I’d done that when I’d moved from a two-bedroom flat into the one bedroom I live in now, but my addiction to films & music continues to run rampant. And everytime I start to go through my closets, I look at all those clothes and just give up…..

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