At times, you may feel you can count your success by looking at all you own. At other times, all you own might just feel like a failure. Sure you have lots of stuff. That stuff is here, there and everywhere. You don’t feel like a success at all. Instead, you feel like a very messy failure.
This February, let’s hope you’ve got those holiday decorations taken down and your gifts put away. For some, that is one big hope. The good intentions have only moved the pile of gifts from the living room floor to the corner of the bedroom. It is the season of “Too much is too much.”
Instead of feeling happy, your too much stuff is a roadblock to productivity and success. Your abundance has to stop so you can take the time you spend acquiring, sorting and hunting through stuff and turn it into productivity.
One question that is hard to answer is “Where did it all come from?” It’s not like you decided one day to just overload your house. You did not say to yourself “Let’s see how much I can cram into every square inch of the place.” Did you?
One way to get a grip on your too much stuff is to be clear thinking on where it all came from. It’s never just one decision. It is many decisions. If you can begin to think clearly when making decisions then you can nip this too much stuff in the bud.
Here are some of the ways you ended up with TOO MUCH STUFF.
TRASH YOU KEEP CAUSES TOO MUCH STUFF
You don’t keep trash, right? You are shaking your head and wondering what I’m talking about. Most of the time when you’ve kept trash it is because you are going to get around to it sometime. When you tell yourself you will get around to it later, later never happens.
Here are a few examples:
Junk mail-you bring in all the mail and throw it down on the dining room table or kitchen counter. You tell yourself you’ll look at it later. Of the ten items, three you’d keep and 7 you’d discard. By the end of the week, you now have 18 things you’d keep but 42 pieces of trash!
Magazines and catalogs- You pile them by the chair. When new ones come, you don’t throw out the older ones, you just pile the new ones on top. The trash heap grows.
Clothes-You put it on and it doesn’t fit right. The zipper is shot or the hem is ragged. You can’t or won’t wear it and even a charity shop wouldn’t want it but back into your closet it goes. This same thing applies to shoes that need new soles or the suede is ripped up on the heel. You can’t give this stuff away but hey, you keep it anyway.
Parts of Things– How about your junk drawer? It is filled with pieces of toys and parts of things. You’ll never a)figure out what they all go to or b) take the time to find super glue and reattach the tiny items to things. Yet, you continue to hang on to them. By now, I bet there is more than one spot in the house with just junk.
Worthless Stuff-Big boxy TVs aren’t even accepted at thrift stores. Nor are old desktop computers but you’ve several of these worthless items piled in the garage while your valuable car (which still has payments on it) sits in the driveway. There might be an old Mr. Coffee, a countertop rotisserie, a pet rock, a snuggie, boxes of old tile from your kitchen remodel ten years ago and a toy kitchen from your daughter who is in high school. You’ve got nothing worth over $5 in there but you keep hanging on to this trash.
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