I tend to leap into new things that are completely different and separate from what I already have in my life. That's easy, exciting, and fun. Making a change that evaluates what we already have and what isn't useful anymore is a much tougher project. It requires letting go, and trusting that we'll be OK without the comfort of all our stuff.
I'm fascinated by the "living small" movement, even though I know I couldn't possibly do it, at least not right now. But we do have stuff -- boxes and piles of items that don't belong anywhere, that may or may not be ours or our kids' or just something that one of the temporary household members we've had over the years left behind. It's time to follow my sister's lead and at least tackle a few piles -- my desk, the kitchen counter, whatever all that stuff is in the corner by the garage door. No, I don't dare open the garage door -- I might get sucked in and never find my way out!
I hereby challenge myself to sort through a little bit every day and start letting go of some stuff. Someone can probably use a lot of it, and I'm grateful for freecycle.org, nextdoor.com, and craigslist.org/free. Maybe my useless clutter will be just what someone else needs, and getting rid of it will free my house and my mind from the unnecessary so I can focus on what matters to me.
Thanks, Beth-O, for leading the way yet again!