When I started this blog I spoke a lot about my journey to rid myself of my excess of stuff so I could “get somewhere.”
I had sold my successful business that I’d opened and run for nearly 18 years with no idea what I was going to do next. I only knew that whatever was next for me – I couldn’t do it with all this stuff! I couldn’t get where I wanted to be and drag all this stuff with me.
Flash forward a bunch of years. I got rid of a lot of my possessions, created a career whereby I help others do the same. Took a longed for road trip of just over 15,000 miles (around the US – by myself!) and came home from that road trip ready to pack up my home and move on from the life I’d been living. I still didn’t know what I was moving towards, I just knew that I was ready.
Then I met a high school sweetheart and fell in love.
I packed up my house alright, I left behind the life I’d been living and I moved my (now much fewer) possessions into his home. Just about 20 minutes from where I’d owned my business all those years.
I began to work on my writing, (it’s what I do, it’s who I am, and I never quite stop doing it,) with a little Personal Organizing and decluttering on the side.
That’s when I started getting into Life Coaching.
I had become living proof that you can get where, and do what, you want in life. You are never stuck. It’s just a matter of finding your way from where you are.
Flash forward another couple of years, (Holy moly how time flies!)
I’m not at all unhappy with my life at the moment.
I life coach, and I help people declutter to find their way to the life they want. I write and have found my way to my first big book project. I’ve made new connections and I enjoy the space where I reside.
My sweetie isn’t so much into decluttering.
He likes to buy stuff. He likes to keep stuff.
And while I’m not unhappy with the life we share here, I want more.
Life is short – yes?
And I keep coming back to stuff.
I think there’s too much stuff in this house.
I feel like it is holding he and I back from the life we both say we want.
Decluttering still seems all the rage. There are always books coming out about the joys of it or the how to of it. I’m reading yet another new and hot one now.
(Someday I hope I’ll write one.)
But it’s making me itch.
It’s making me itch to get rid of the old china hutch in the spare room (He doesn’t love it but it belonged to his mother.) It’s making me itch to get rid of the twenty cookbooks I kept when I first downsized from 80 or so that I used to own. It’s making me want to get rid of the 15 tiny decorative dishes, trays, and bowls both he and I seem to adore. Sure they are pretty and all but they are a pain to keep dusted and I don’t think they are adding much to my life. He, of course, doesn’t agree. He thinks they are tiny, barely take up any room, aren’t unpleasant, aren’t in the way and that there is no reason to get rid of them.
I keep coming back to stuff.
I have too much stuff.
I am surrounded by too much stuff.
Too much stuff gets in the way of moving forward.