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The truth about stuff

Today marks my second weekend, hosting a garage sale, eliminating, for a fraction of what I paid all that hard earned stuff. Stuff I was once proud of, stuff that had been a big part of my life.

Car load after car load has been donated and last week was our first attempt to move stuff out of the house into the garage, in the hope to make a penny or two.

I am exhausted, literally, ever since we decided to sell the house, getting it ready for a smooth transition. Although I don’t think there will be anything smooth about it.

It’s been long days, taking pictures off the walls, patching up nail holes, going through more stuff, and kicking up dust with all the moving around. I suppose it’s a good thing, but on the health front I’m barely hanging on. It’s physical to say the least and I can’t wait to have a day off.

Saturday and Sunday will be garage sale days again. Monday’s new pictures are taken of the house, showcasing a new minimalist, streamlined and clean image. Tuesday the house goes back on the market with a open house for the next weekend.

It’s been weeks of hard work. Work that we caused ourselves acquiring all that stuff. I suggest having annual garage sales to get rid of excessive stuff instead of letting it collect. Perhaps you could adapt a one in, one out rule to keep things under control, and it might be even something I will have to do if moving into a tiny home.

Truth is that all that stuff here on earth we work so hard to buy and accumulate, does not mean a thing in the end. At the end of the day, people will be cleaning out our stuff, going through our stuff, figuring out what to do with all of our stuff. Stuff we accumulated over a lifetime. The only thing of value that remains are the memories and what we deposit into others. May we all learn to spend less time accumulating stuff and spend more time making memories.


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10 thoughts on “The truth about stuff

  1. It’s not so much the collecting of things as they all do have memories so therefore hold those thoughts in our hearts…or even just their use for us. Who wants to spend money when you don’t have to. But the ‘moving’ it all is another thing. Not only does it have to be moved but we realise we never actually use most of it…it’s just the connection or financial hold they have on us. I usually move house, get really strong and throw it all out…and need something straight away in the new place and then have to go buy it. But what is the answer?
    Well, if I was rich enough I would just send in the packers and movers and stand back 😂 But alas, after about 10 moving house’s that I’ve done, I think each time I’d need a bigger house each time with appropriate storage rooms or a storage facility.
    Maybe its a part of life to ‘let go’ those parts of our lives to just store them in memory. 99% of the time we don’t even see them as they gather dust so we use our memory anyway. Mind you, I’m getting rid of those parts of my brain that has meaning no longer, it has gathered a lifetime of dust and slowly disappears. And the good stuff in there? Well, it keeps bobbing up as we reinforce it by those thoughts.
    I wonder if we can do that with all that old physical keepsake we stash everywhere? It might be time to do as you have and be ‘strong’ and throw lots of stuff out. If we create a vacuum then we will have room for the wonders that love will give in our next phase of life 😀 ❤️ 🙏🏽 🦋

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    1. You make a great point my friend and at some point it was a keepsake and the importance was the memory and what it resembled back then. I guess not all memories are meant to hold on to and for my part I’m still letting go. You understand now why. 😘💙🦋

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  2. Oh, My Dear! I’m so sorry you are having to go through the exhausting process – physically and emotionally too. Moving is a hard thing to do. Brings back so many memories and thoughts of the future! My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of change and chaos.
    Sending you Love and Hugs!

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    1. Thank you so much Chuck, you are a gem. It is all those things you mention but I look at it as an unveiling, removing layer upon layer to finally emerge as who I am meant to be. It’s a freeing and empowering process, although exhausting, strenuous and truly chaotic at times. It will be worth it in the end.
      Much love to you. 💙💙

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