The problem with too much stuff is that it DOESN’T FIT.
But sometimes, we try to force it.
Like when we pack for vacation, we erroneously pack too much. If one of our bags has some extra room, we pack even more. A recent survey found that 55% of us don’t even wear everything we’ve packed. So why do we do it?
We like options. We like being in control. We like the freedom of determining what we want, when we want it, and how we want it. We like to look like we’ve got it altogether, even when we’re going through hard times. Stuff, oodles of stuff, gives us that opportunity.
But how is that freedom affecting us?
For starters, we are burdened with heavier bags. We take solace in Sky Cap and dish out the extra bucks for overweight luggage. As long as we have access to everything we could possibly need, we’re happy to accommodate.
When we need something out of the bags, we comfort ourselves that the extra time spent digging through the excess isn’t that big of a loss. But the loss adds up.
And so does the stress.
When we can’t locate what we need, when we need it because of ALL the options we insist we have, something has to give. Usually it’s our attitudes. It’s easy to go from carefree to ticked-off in a matter of minutes when something we need can’t be found.
My heart starts racing just thinking about the lost shoe in the sea of too many.
Suitcases aren’t the only over-stuffed containers in our lives.
Cars, homes, purses, cubicles, offices, drawers, closets --- they’re all bursting because we’ve tried to force too much into them.
We want to have it all in every situation.
- Initial investment when you purchase new items.
- Additional investment on more wardrobes, baskets, bins, and even square footage to contain the items.
- Frustration when you can’t find what you need or access it easily.
- Confusion over what needs to be done and how to do see it through because of the clutter.
- Lost minutes that turn into hours that turn into days, pulling your further away from what you really want to be doing with your life.
- Piles that build up because putting things back where they belong is impossible until you buy MORE storage containers.
Now, if you don’t mind the cost of forcing more into your life than you need, use, or love, then this blog isn’t for you. In fact, if you aren’t interested in parting with the extra, then there’s no reason to call a professional organizer. Your best bet is a maid and some Tylenol for the stress headaches.
However, if you’re tired of fighting the overload of excess, make a commitment to edit your stuff.
Think of your life as a beautiful story you’re writing for English class. Sure, you could just slap some sentences on paper, but editing is what makes your writing enjoyable. The same is true when you edit your life and the things that surround you. Sometimes, editing requires you to cut a REALLY good sentence. It doesn’t mean that the sentence wasn’t worth keeping --- just that it wasn’t a part of YOUR story line.
The same is true for clothing, knickknacks, sports equipment, craft supplies, you name it. Sometimes these things are beautiful, costly, and maybe even useful, but they aren’t an active part of your narrative.
Let these items graciously leave your life and flow into the life of someone else who might need, use, or love them RIGHT NOW….not just someday, for some rare occasion. Live generously with an outward focus on the life you want to live, rather than miserly with an inward focus on what you can amass with your excess cash.
You won’t regret the edit.
If you need a win, here’s an easy one: Edit Your Life.