What can you do? Really?
Stuff just accumulates. Stuff you pick up thinking you might have a use for it. Stuff you get for free from trade shows or half a dozen other places — pens, bags, t-shirts. Stuff you get from places like Home Depot or Target or (gasp!) Costco where you have to buy in such quantity that it’s almost impossible not to end up with lots of stuff.
Then there are the clothes.
You know the ones. The clothes you think that someday you will be able to fit back into if you just lose enough weight. Clothes that will come back into style if you just hold onto them for another decade or so. Clothes that you’ve been meaning to give to charity but never seem to get around to putting them in a box for pickup.
What about the books? Mysteries, romances, even business books or other non-fiction that you may have enjoyed reading the first time but you know you’ll never read again. Maybe you try to sell them on eBay (I did) and they don’t sell. Not even for ninety-nine cents. And there they sit. Piles of books in the corners of rooms, on end tables, everywhere. Tapes (remember tapes?!?) or CDs of music you won’t listen to ever again or those great personal development CDs that tell you how to get all the clutter out of your life.
I’ve often heard that if you haven’t touched something for a year, it’s time to get rid of it — throw it away or give it to charity — either way, it’s time to dispose of it. Let the stagnant energy out and make room for the new, clean and positive energy waiting to come in. The challenge is sifting through all the stuff and making that emotional decision to dump it.
I wish it were that easy.