The joy of letting go

The joy of letting go

I don’t know when or how this happened, but many of us feel the stuff we own defines who we are and how others perceive us. You own lots of books? Oh, well, you must be well-read and incredibly intelligent. Lots of business suits in your closet? Surely you’re a high-powered, wealthy businessperson. Own lots of kitchen gadgets? You must be quite the home chef! Bathroom crammed full of beauty products? What a beautiful person you are.

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Do you love your stuff? Then honor it.

Do you love your stuff? Then honor it.

Contrary to what you might think, I’m not a hard-line minimalist. I appreciate beautiful things as much as the next person.

What gets me, though, is when individuals say an item is important and/or meaningful to them, and yet it’s squashed in a drawer behind a two-year old issue of People magazine, old soy sauce packets and some stray Milk Duds.

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But I might need it

But I might need it

Do you ever find yourself keeping something on the off-chance that you might need it someday?

Items such as:
Extra screws and little plastic doodads from an already-assembled Ikea furniture piece? Might need them someday.
Seafood forks? Might use them for a fancy dinner party someday.
Acid wash jeans? Might come back in style someday. (Oh wait…I think they already did. But do you really want to revisit THAT trend??)

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