no more stuff

My last couple of weeks have been filled with frantic get-it-on-the-market-quick house prep. It’s utterly exhausting. I have emptied every closet, cupboard, drawer, and nook, and sorted out what’s to keep, to giveaway, to recycle and what’s just plain trash! It’s amazing how much trash a house can hold.

We’re painting, packing, changing out flooring, deep cleaning, and basically finishing up every little project we’ve been putting off for years. I go to bed at night with muscles aching, and get up the next morning and do it all again.

Remember last summer when I had my yard sale? Well, we suspected at the time that a move like this might happen and we wanted to get a head start on decluttering. So we got rid of all of the stuff in our basement storage area. It’s a good thing we did. I don’t know if I could deal with all of that too!

When we first started this process we thought we’d get rid of about 50% of everything we own. In reality it might end up being about two thirds. 2/3s! Can you imagine that? Look around your house and tell me, could you give up more than 1/2 of it? A year ago I would have said no way, and yet here I am doing it.

I’m trying not to be sentimental about “stuff” anymore – I know that the stuff doesn’t hold the memories and really it’s just holding me back. I also no longer save everything that might be useful someday. It never will. It’s a lie I’ve telling myself so I didn’t have to part with it all.

I’m tired of having a big house so I have extra room store these things. I’m tired of dusting tchotchkes because they’re there. I’m tired of constantly shifting things around but never really using them. I just don’t want them anymore. I want smaller, fewer, cleaner, better organized. I want to live to do things, not to have things.

I hope you all don’t mind going through the journey with me. 🙂


7 Responses to “no more stuff”

  1. case on April 4th, 2011 4:41 pm

    I’ve gotten rid of a lot of stuff too – and I had just done this a year ago – it’s crazy to think about the mass of things that don’t add any real value to my life. In the last five months I’ve been looking at everything I purchase and if I’d move it with me and if I wouldn’t it doesn’t get purchased. It’s helping more than just the stuff – it’s helping my wallet.

    Good luck on the preparation!

  2. Life As I Know It on April 4th, 2011 5:43 pm

    Good luck with the whole moving process. It is stressful, but worth it!
    I have a friend here in MA who is preparing to put her house on the market – they’re moving to NH, coincidentally.

  3. Amira on April 5th, 2011 12:09 am

    Oh I really like this post because it’s such a good reminder. My mom, who’s a total pack rat about everything and under the same reasons (“It’ll come in handy one day” etc) just can’t part with any of her stuff. Sometimes I catch myself doing the same thing, but clutter drives me insane and I go on a de-cuttering rampage.

    Best wishes on your de-cluttering and reorganizing for your new home and life! I’m happy you’ll have us along for the ride 🙂

  4. Fran on April 5th, 2011 1:18 pm


  5. mumma boo on April 7th, 2011 11:54 am

    I am seriously impressed. The fact that you’ve streamlined your stuff by 2/3 is amazing! Keep up the great work! 🙂

  6. Stimey on April 9th, 2011 5:29 pm

    I can’t imagine having to live in a house that was going on the market. I think I would do poorly at that. I can’t wait to follow along as you get ready to move. So exciting!

  7. Bejewell on April 15th, 2011 12:55 pm

    I’m feeling kind of inspired after reading this. I mean, not enough to actually get up and DO anything, but still.

    Good for you!

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