Well, I have gone through nearly every box that was packed into my new home. It was a cleansing experience. I found things that I had forgotten that I had and a few things that I never knew I owned. Needless to say I am now staring at a large pile of things that are going out to the local charity as soon as my hair dries, which here in Nevada, isn't going to take long.
Staring at this pile and knowing that there is a room here that is still full of the boxes of stuff that I want to keep, I am reminded of something that I learned long ago. The lesson was about clutter and how the clutter that is around you is indicative of the clutter that is in your mind. I know that there are people out there that have the clutter filing system. They know where everything is, but it is all in a pile. My way of filing is a bit more conventional, but that doesn't mean that I know where everything is at.
I don't think it is the system or the visual appearance of clutter that is the issue. I am thinking that the clutter that my instructor spoke of is the kind of clutter that blocks your view of what is really important. Kind of like a dirty window that obstructs your view.
Certainly having too much physical stuff can be considered clutter, especially if schlepping it around is a burden on you. This is the realization that I came to when I moved in here... actually I was getting the hint when I moved into the apartment complex. I had to rent a garage, for my stuff. That is way too much stuff for one person. So now that I am here in a house, where I can at my leisure trim down on that stuff, I am doing so.
But, does all of this stuff actually weigh on me or clutter my mind? I think that it does. It is one thing to keep things for the memories and quite another to keep so much stuff that memories is all that you have. So, as the next few years before my retirement continue I will be cutting out as much of this stuff as I can possibly get rid of.
Does this mean that I will be going back to the time when all of my worldly belongings could fit into my car? I don't think so. But, I am going to trim it down to a much smaller pile. Part of my problem lies in what to do with some of the stuff that I would like to pass on to someone, but I have no-one to pass it on to. Choosing to not have children was a wise decision medically speaking, but it has left me with no heirs. So, I am forced to choose one of my nieces or nephews as an heir.... But that is another dilemma or at least a dilemma for another day. First I must trim it all down to a level that I am comfortable with.
I never imagined that I would ever have so much stuff. Perhaps that is why I have so much. I had so little when I was running around with that religious organization. Maybe that is why I wanted to collect so much. Funny that, it was one of those teachers that taught us all about clutter. I wonder what he would say now to us all? Certainly having too much stuff is a burden. If I haven't seen it for years, not because there was no place for it, but because I had no use for it, then it needs to go. This was the rule that I employed while digging through boxes. Some of my stuff could not be used at an apartment, things like patio furniture, which I am going to fix up and sell. But other stuff... it is in the boxes in front of me.
Oddly enough the vast majority of the stuff in front of me is books. I have decided that I am going to get a Kindle or something and unless the book is really special then I am going to toss it and get the digital version. That sounds odd coming from an author, I know. But, you would be surprised at how many books are special to me. Never fear, I still have boxes and boxes of the darn things.
So why did I bother to tell you all about my clutter situation? I think that there is an important lesson to be learned here. You should never let things just build up in your life. It doesn't have to be physical stuff, it can be mental things, emotional things or even people. If something in your life becomes a burden, then you should trim some of it out. Burdens like this can make you lose focus and you could miss the best parts of life because something or someone is blocking your view of what is important.
My advice is to regularly take stock of your life and only keep in your life that which makes you happy and gives you fulfillment. If you are looking at a person or a group of people and for some reason they just don't make you happy, chances are that you don't make them happy either. Don't be afraid to stand up for your happiness, it is after all, yours.
Live well and be good to each other... my hair is dry and I have a bunch of stuff to take to good will.