Letting Go

29 Jan

P1080257Lately, I’ve been asking myself why we get so emotionally connected to objects. I need to make a little more space in our house, and it hasn’t been easy. I had somehow convinced myself that it was mostly my husband’s collections in the studio/spare room that we’re trying to clean out, so I had been waiting for him to get started. The other day, I took a closer look. When I scanned the room, from the bookshelf to the two desks, my heart sunk a bit because I realized it was all my stuff. It was a collage of my many hobbies over the years. It was a sobering thought that I was going to have to filter through years of creating and collecting—and that a good amount of it needed to go completely.

I decided that for this process to work, I would take one look at an item, and then close my eyes and throw it away unless it was something that is useful to me right now. In this way, stacks and stacks of old magazines, paper, and collections of things like Altoids tins have made their way to the trash. And it feels liberating. I still have a ways to go, but I am prepared to face this new challenge with vigor and optimism.

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2 Responses to “Letting Go”

  1. Sherry Palace January 29, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    Yeah for you. Can’t wait till May ); Seems like I’m always decluttering ….. Yet always buying stuff ?!?! You’re an inspiration to me! Thanks – I need to get to work too !!!

    • Paper Cake Scissors January 29, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

      Thanks, Sherry. Yeah, it’s hard to get started but feels so good once you’re clearing things out. It feels like a fresh beginning!

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