Monday, May 24, 2010

Motivational Monday #4 - Clear It Out

Over the weekend I had the chance to attend my sister's garage sale.  It was a little odd to arrive at her home to see her life spread out on the driveway with casual passers-by sifting through memories.  I recognized so many items, and it was a little hard to see it go.

As I watched her sell some important things I realized how much lighter her house looked, and how much lighter she looked.  It was very interesting.

I started to think about the things in my house I don't need but hold onto anyway.  The more I thought about it the heavier I felt.  I appear to have a ton more stuff than I need or even want.

So here is your assignment for this week.  Look around your home.  Identify the things you do not need and do not use.  Decide to either sell them or donate them.  Give yourself a date and get with it.  Not only will you reduce the clutter in your home, you will feel better too.


  1. Amen, Sister. I am a mild version of a horder. I had a garage sale 2 years ago and held onto everything that didn't sell, in hopes of selling it on ebay. Problem? I never made it to ebay. Or another garage sale. When we got garage cabinets, we still had too much stuff, so I let my husband take it to Savers to donate. I also recently purged my closet, bathroom and bedroom of excess. I can't believe what it's done for my mood. You are so right. I would only add (for people like me) to take a pic of all those things you think you can't live without, so you always have the memory of it, instead of the boxes of it piled to the ceiling, which you only look at every 10 years or so anyway. :-)

  2. Karli,

    Thanks for the ideas. I have to admit there is a certain joy as I empty my house of stuff I don't need, don't use and don't really want. I feel lighter.