In one year’s time I remarried, retired, and relocated across the country to my widower husband’s home.
“What will you do now?” they all would ask.
“I’m going to write a book about the eighteen weeks we spent paring my possessions to the bone, then clearing enough stuff from my husband’s home so my stuff could fit in it,” I would answer.
One time, one of our friends replied, “But. If you need to get rid of stuff, you just get rid of it! What is there to write about?”
I thought for a moment. We’d already learned about his retirement and about their two daughters preparing to marry and to leave home.
“Don’t you and your wife want to cut back?” I asked.
“Well then. What stops you?”
After a pause, slowly,
“She says if I get rid of five pounds of my stuff, then she’ll get rid of five pounds of hers….” and his voice trailed off.
I know very well what might be in those unspoken volumes. His eyes caught mine as he began to have an idea what might be in such a book.
Nevertheless, our friend is right. When we need to get rid of stuff we just get rid of it.
But there’s a catch. It’s that word “need.” And that other word, “just.”
If you are successfully decluttering your home, what motivated you to get started?
If you haven’t started yet but you would like to, think of a few reasons that hold you back. Whatever they may be, you aren’t alone.