Crazy Aunt Purl's ruminations on things and decluttering struck a chord with me, as I am currently surveying 11 years of Stuff in this house, and trying to figure out the ways to unload it without adding to a landfill. The Goodwill bags are an excellent idea, and I am going to steal it. I take a lot of stuff to Goodwill, but I do it in bursts of closet cleaning. An ongoing purge via bags for Goodwill would be more efficient.
I keep reminding myself that the Stuff I'm purging didn't all appear in the last year or two, it took years to collect all this Stuff, but there is still this feeling of guilt that I bought things I don't really use or love. I look at the things I no longer need or want and see years of Retail Therapy and wasted money, and I feel awful about this. This change in my attitude toward recreational shopping has been a long time in the works, I didn't wake up the day after my SAH and have an epiphany - "Shopping is a Sin!" "Material Things are Evil!" - my desire to just go to the mall or browse the non-essentials aisles at Target has gradually diminished in the last year. Now I shop because I need something - really need it, not "need" it. The process of weeding out all of the Stuff has killed the Retail Therapy Virus.
That's why the Yarn Fast has been so easy for me - I look at the stash and just don't want to buy yarn. I am not looking forward to MDS&W because it is my "weekend pass" to go wild buying yarn, I am going because I want to get together with the friends I will see there. I have a pass to buy yarn, but it'll have to be something that is both special and useful before I will really want to break out the wallet. And sock yarn does count - I have plenty on hand.
I want a tidy little apartment for awhile, if I buy something else I might get a townhouse, because a small backyard would be nice for Murphy. I don't need or want another single family house, been there, done that several times. In the immortal words of George Carlin: "A house is a place for your stuff. You get a bigger place, you get more stuff." Truer words were never spoken. I have realized that I could easily live in under 1000 square feet without feeling cramped, and the rest of this house and garage is just storage for the stuff. I'm working to pay the mortgage on a supersized storage locker. That thought is plaguing me right now - I am supporting storage for Stuff at this point in my life. I am done raising kids, they are on their own. I could live in a much smaller space and live on a lot less if I didn't have to provide shelter for the Stuff.
I will move only the things I really love and use and want in my environment, and the more I look around and think about it, the smaller the Keep list. But when I look around at the quantity of Stuff that is not going to move with me it seems overwhelming, and the laundry list of things I need to do to get the house ready to sell is OMG, very long. But this is something I have to do, the time is right. As I told a friend, I'm okay with closing in on 50, but I'm deathly afraid of waking up a decade or so from now, pushing 60, still in the same place, doing the same things, seeing the same people. It's time to make a big change - I just wish I could wave a wand and get all the prep work done!