Sometimes, stuff can become overwhelming. And I’m not talking about mental or emotional baggage either, although the pandemic has made us deal with that too.
I mean actual clutter, items we don’t use that are taking up space, and those possessions we can’t make ourselves get rid of because of the potential backlash that may be received.
And before 2020, many of us didn’t really notice just how much stuff we owned until we were forced to stay in our homes all day, every day for at least two weeks.
It was like that for me, although not at first. Not for a while. In fact, I didn’t start to truly feel overwhelmed by my belongings until about a month or two ago. Long time, I know.
But we live in a single-wide mobile home, and we tend to be homebodies, which makes us more used to the number of items we own.
It wasn’t until I started reading articles about minimalism and learning how to get go of certain possessions and going through my grandma’s hoards of crap that I realized they had a point.
I didn’t even know how much stuff was in my room. And it’s smaller than most walk-in closets these days.
So, I began to dig out anything I could find since I’m a bit of a packrat and like to shove things into whatever hole I can find and audit all of my possessions.
It made me sigh and shake my head.
I mean, what was I thinking with some of this stuff? I had random papers, pens, rocks, fake dollar bills, pieces to toys, plenty of old electronics I don’t use anymore, journals filled with words.
You name it, I might have had it.
And at first, it felt like I was never going to get out from under it. Everywhere I looked, more things appeared. But, I slowed things down in my head and decided to take it one box or drawer at a time.
It did help that I finally got a desk in our tiny office where I can write and work without taking up the kitchen table for several hours. So I was able to move some of my books and computer-related items to store in my desk.
As I decluttered my room, I was constantly reshuffling things into different storage containers, since we thrive on storage containers. I even made a…