too much

I started reading simplicity parenting and a tiny bit about minimalism and I am feeling like the concepts were presented at the perfect time. We are just eating it up. Today we donated nine trashbags of clothes and shoes and a laundry basket of kitchen appliances and pans. Also we put out a desk, chair, and two dressers on the sidewalk for free. They were gone within minutes.

I can’t believe we had so much stuff. This week I read a post encouraging the reader to just have one of what you need. I realized that every time I find something I like, I quickly end up with too many of it. I like my cat. Now I have four of them. I like my dog, now we have two. I really like pyrex glass storage containers, I now have billions. One winter I decided I liked a scarf, then I had two drawers of scarves. Most of which I donated today. Some of these items came to us as gifts. Totally thoughtful gifts. But gifts of too many.

I’m really rethinking how much we consume and trying to be more responsible for what we have and what our needs are. We are finding that with a bit of perspective shifting, we need a lot less than we thought.

Don’t worry. I plan to keep the cats. I do actually like them quite a lot. Although they don’t seem too happy about losing a few comfy piles of clothes and blankets to sleep on in the closet.

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  1. I saw your tweets today as I was doing something similar, but I have to say I have a hard time letting go! I want so badly to simplify our lives, as I know we don’t need all this “stuff”, but it’s so hard to decided what to keep and what to get rid of. So good for you for getting rid of what you did and decluttering! I’m still working on it!

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  2. Can you recommend any of the books you’ve been reading? Any good ones in particular?

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  3. I just got this book from the library today, and I can’t wait to read it! I’m about to put the computer down now to go do so. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  4. What a great post! I have been feeling this need for simplicity too. Maybe it is the time of year–all the extra “stuff” around–a tree, decorations, etc….I always long for the simple pleasures of January and February in december!

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