Are you listening?
In 2006 I went through a horrible divorce. As my ex and I divvied up what had amounted to our life together I was thinking [and feeling] the loss of my life more than that of any belongings.
I had accumulated a lot of stuff in the 8-years he and I were married, but I didn’t struggle too much cutting the fat. I got what was important; my kids [which were mine to begin with] and my dog AnnieBananie [who after 10-years, sadly, I no longer have]. The rest of it really didn’t matter that much and I opted to leave many things — like dishes and furniture, behind.
A year later however, I found myself in a position of having to downsize further in order to care for my ailing mom. Some things went into storage, while others were sold or donated. A year beyond that I had to further detach and let go when I lost what I had in storage. A year later and I was even lighter of load and so on.
It’s Just Things
At first, it was really hard. Each time it was hard, but as I continued to downsize I began to simplify my life. All of a sudden I had less things to worry about. And that’s just it, they were only things. Sure, there were some things I wish I had not of let go of or lost along the way, but in the end it has actually better enabled me to do what I do.
Write…for a living, and, I can do it from anywhere [providing there’s an internet connection].
Today, everything I own can fit into a single bedroom. When it comes to physical clutter, my life is free of it. I am still working on the mental and emotional clutter, but sometimes junk is subjective.
Here is my favorite “Junk” to share…
How about you? Have you cleared the clutter?