For the last few days, I began to worry that I wasn't going to be able to make it to the $1000 budget goal. I had made it through nearly every box we'd had in the house and felt like I was running out of things to sell. Well, as it turns out, it seems there's always more stuff. I pulled the door open and saw tons of boxes stacked on top of each other. I experienced two competing emotions at that moment: disappointment and elation. Disappointment because I realized I had way too much stuff and couldn't believe how much more I had that I'd totally forgotten about in the last 2 months. Elation because I knew making the $1,000 goal was going to be way easier than I originally thought.
After my initial surprise, my next surprise came when I found a whole other box of my clothes! I had just pared down my whole closet a couple of weeks ago and low and behold...there was more! The good thing was some of it was spring and summer clothes. When I went through my clothes a couple of weeks ago, I was worried I wouldn't have enough. Well, turns out I had nothing to worry about. I found a few more dresses that I knew I could easily get rid of because they were too big for me. That rarely ever happens to me, but I'd kept all my bigger clothes after I lost a bunch of weight just in case I ever needed them again. I laughed at this notion considering it's now been 2 years and I've managed my weight well. It's one thing to keep clothes that are a bit too small in hopes of fitting back into them. It's a whole other negative thing to keep bigger clothes in fear of going back to where you came from. Thinking this way, it became easy to let that go. Out with the negative...along with clothes that don't fit!
|When I saw after I opened the storage room door. Whoa!|
I'm coming to discover that for a minimalist starting out, there is always more stuff to let go of. Just when I think I've done as much as I can do, more stuff shows up for me to go through. At some point, I know this will slow down and I'll have less and less to go through, but for now, it feels like the mound of stuff I had is as big now as it was a few weeks ago.
How long do you think it would take you to minimize your life? Do you think you have $1000 in things you could let go of laying around?