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Letting Go

Today is “Lynn lets go of 10 things” day. Here are some options I have given myself:

Toss in trash (if at all reasonable, this is simplest).
Give away to friend (put in mail or deliver quickly).
Give to charity.
Put on curb and let neighbor or passer-by take it away.
Recycle.
Freecycle.

At least 10 things.

Send me good vibes. We’re really drowning in stuff we don’t use (mostly my clothing) and I must turn this around. I bought at least 10 things just yesterday at Target (wool/cashmere berets in raspberry are hard to resist and berets of any sort are only typically available before the snow flies). At least the new items were small things. Now I must get rid of more than I brought in.

Why is this so hard? I’m not close to destitute, never have been. Yes, I’ve worried about cashflow (bills on time) but never physical things. I do remember the days when I could move everything I owned, including a sewing machine, bicycle and bean bag chair, in my 1975 AMC Gremlin. I’ll never be able to do that again but I would like to head back toward that direction a bit.

I live without unsecured credit which means I pay as I go, don’t promise that I’ll have money tomorrow to pay something tomorrow. For someone in my lifestyle this is absolutely sane. Live in the moment, and all that. When I want something, I wait until I can buy it or I do without. Obviously, I don’t do without very much!

I have more than enough stuff to take care of my immediate needs and even my emotional longings, for the most part. There must be some inner thing in some of us that echos “scarcity” when we prepare to let go of (lose) something. Maybe it’s the hunter-gatherer deep in the cells that makes me afraid to let go.

It’s time to be clear about my real situation and not be controlled with vague fears of not enough. It is true that I’m self employed and some times of the year are better than others. However, I’ve never gone hungry for lack of food and I’ve never had a scarcity of clothing. I’ve always had a roof over my head. And I’ve had a car since I was 15 years old. My immediate needs (and many of my frivolous wants) are close at hand.

Off to see what abundance I can find. If I give up the extra “stuff” I can get extra space instead. I’m ready for some elbow room today.

3 Responses to “Letting Go”

  1. Diana Says:

    Sending sensible space-making energies!
    You know I support you 100%
    Some thoughts:
    Decluttering is one of the best things any of us can do for ourselves and I think its especially important for artists.
    Clutter isn’t about stuff per se, but about the stuff we don’t use. The stuff that merely exists without contributing to our lives in a positive way.
    In my experience, it was very hard in the beginning to make the decisions about keeping and not keeping, but the more often we asked ourselves the question, the easier the answers became. Its wonderful that you do this on a regular basis. VERY healthy.
    Decluttering clothes is the easiest for me, I think because it is so wonderful to think of the garment being loved and appreciated by the next owner instead of languishing in the prison of my closet, unused, unloved. Who knows what adventure awaits that skirt, that sweater? What paths will those shoes walk after I set them free?

  2. Teresa Says:

    Once you get started you will wonder why it took so long to get to this point. I started with a closet and went from there a little at a time. It took along time to accumlate all of this stuff, so don’t worry about how long it takes to pass it on in some manner. It feels so good to be able to open a door and not have a ton of stuff fall out on top of you!!! Ask me how I know that one.

  3. i.d.d.a. Says:

    I want to be clutter free! I have alot of books on the subject. Essentially they all say the same thing. It is a tough goal to reach in this modern world. But I plug on and reexamine myself now and again. I admire you for going for it. My biggest clutter comes from collecting things to give to other people. Somehow I satisfy my need to collect that way. Beautiful stole BTW. Always look foward to reading you.

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