Too Much Stuff

Well, I have been very busy the past few weeks. Helping out friends who needed cleaning, storing, fixing, moving, etc.  Face to face with hoarding.  Took us almost 3 weeks to pack up and clean a small 2 bedroom/2 story apartment.  As a social worker, I have some understanding of the OCD and hoarding phenomenon but it never ceases to amaze me anyway.

And it affects me in several ways. It makes me want to simplify my own life.  I have been in my current home for 18 years and I do have a lot of things.  But I am not a hoarder by any means.  Lots of room left for lots more stuff, if I wanted.

It also makes me think about why, as a species, and it appears especially in this country, we feel the need to acquire so much junk.  Do people believe having so much stuff will make them happy?  How can someone be happy if they can’t even walk through their house!

And in many cases, it is a learned behavior.  Genetic, so to speak.  Monkey see, monkey do.

So seeing it first hand, and then having watched those awful hoarding programs on TV (I can’t watch them anymore….), I am even more determined to simplify.  Keeping only what I need and what is special to me.  I am ready to move on and strive towards a simpler and hopefully more peaceful existence.  Is that possible?  I hope so.

I started going through stuff.  Paperwork going back 30 to 40 years.  OMG, why do I need all of that.  I had crochet instructions saved from the 1960s’.  Talk about if you haven’t used in 2 years, get rid of it.  That’s long overdue and it’s gone!

So I feel good about giving lots of stuff to charity, possibly supporting other hoarders. Given a choice of being happy, healthy and in harmony, or having lots of stuff, I chose happy/healthy/harmony for sure.

One important think I learned from the experience: I don’t ever want to live in a two story!  I was up and down those stairs a hundred times!!!  Worse than any aerobics class. But probably good for me. You know, that healthy part I was striving for.

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