I am feeling seriously overwhelmed by all the stuff in my life. I own oh-so-much stuff. No matter how much I send out of my home, there's always more. Part of that is me buying more stuff (or, hello, just emptying the mailbox), but even more of it is me just not letting go of enough to feel a sense of release.
So it's time, once again, to just let some stuff go already.
Over the course of the summer, I've let go of more than 100 books...probably closer to 200 if not more. (I started out keeping track of titles, but there're just too many. I sometimes waste my time on things like that - making lists that serve me very little purpose - but I gave it up.)
I feel that I'd like to let go of even more books. Sometimes this is easy. (Why do we own any Dora the Explorer books at all? Oh, that's right, Pic used to enjoy the show and I didn't want to tell her she couldn't get any of those books at the thrift store - I still wouldn't pay full price for them, even when I was indulging her.) Sometimes not so much. (I've let go of a lot of my for-fun fiction, as I'm calling it. Mass market fiction. Whatever you want to call it. Kinsey and a few others stay. Most everything else goes.)
I also recently went through almost all of my clothes. (I didn't go through my pajamas, although a few days ago I threw away a pair of pajama pants that I'd worn so often they were actually disintegrating. I also didn't go through my workout wear. Not sure why not. I guess I'm just continuing to neglect it....) I got rid of probably a third of my clothes. Some didn't fit anymore and some I really just didn't wear. I tossed in all of my high heels. I cannot even begin to remember the last time I wore heels. Seriously. And yet, I owned five pairs. I'd actually like to get a pair or two to replace what I've gotten rid of, but I'm not sure why. Like I said, I don't really wear them.
But...I find these cute.
So...my self-imposed challenge (which doesn't really sound that challenging, I suppose), is to give or throw away three things a week. For the rest of the year. I guess I can check in then to see if I want to keep going. I'll probably feel the need to.
Mainly, I think I'm just asking myself to be more mindful of my (over-freaking-whelming) stuff, and to actually do something about it.