I have too much stuff.
I took 20 minutes this afternoon to go through my clothes, books, and kitchen to see what I could get rid of, and this is what I collected:
*1 bag of clothes and two pairs of shoes
*3 serving bowls
Every 30 days I go through my clothes to see what else I can donate. If I haven't worn it, then it goes. I skip clothes I wear for the school year and concentrate on only summer items. If I haven't worn them by now, then I'm not going to.
I am down to a relatively small number of books on one portable bookshelf. I still have some counseling books that I used for my grad classes though. I'm only holding on to them so I can see if they are worth anything on Amazon. I definitely need to get that done so I can get rid of them one way or another. All they are doing now is collecting dust.
With books, I figure if I haven't read them yet, I'm not going to. The ones I have kept are the ones I will more than likely read again or loan out. I also have some reading material on my kindle.
And, in the kitchen, I'm feeling really good about keeping only what I use. The only hesitation is with coffee cups. For some reason, I have an obsession with coffee cups. Some of them have sentimental value and others I have gotten on trips as souvenirs. While I know I can only use one cup at a time, I can't seem to part with them. Plus, I have been justifying their existence since the kitchen now has a coffee theme.
What I'm finding is even though I have a huge load of stuff to take to my mom's non-profit store this weekend, I still have too much stuff. I'm getting rid of a lot of purses and bags, but I still have seven of them to use between school, the gym, and in different seasons. I should only have one bag, and yet, I'm not quite ready to part with the rest of them yet.
There are other things that I know I need to get rid of, but I also realize that freeing myself of all the excess is a process. I'm taking my time to get it done right. That's what it's all about for me.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.