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One Man's Junk

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.  I recently read some list on how to live your life.  One of those items listed said to get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

Useful to who?

Beautiful to who?

Joyful to who?

I spent a great deal of time the last several years purging my collection of useless items. My stuff.  My junk.  I'd give them away, throw it out, or donate it to charity.  Several things I sold. Ultimately though I did it because I thought it was weighing me down. I thought the clutter, the amount of stuff I had was just too much too handle. That if I only did that I could simplify my life.

The fact is that it was not making a difference. Still feel weighed down even with less stuff. I am no hoarder mind you, unless it is baseball cards or regrets.  However I've come across a new line of thinking, that having stuff, much stuff is ok.  It's just a matter if I have to see it or not.  A matter if anyone else has to see it or not.

So with that being the case, I just need to organize better.  So you wonder if I have that stuff still, but organized that I'm really not freeing up my time.  Well that's now a matter of perception.  Assets, no matter how useful, joyful, or beautiful are just still that - assets. Unless they are impeding your walking space, your property value, or your physical health it's just a matter of the mind. It is a matter of overcoming the mind in thinking it is an obstacle.

Now aside from acquiring assets, which I think everyone needs in order to survive, there is still the underlying truth that when you die, someone else has to take care of your mess.  So you can give it all away, or have your family lose it in some estate sale to recoup the cost to pay for your funeral etc.  Or or or, organize it.

I have found when you organize things, then you realize what you really don't want or need, then get rid of it properly. I've also come to the realization that many of my assets are in digital format (unorganized of course) too - yikes.

Time to get cracking.  Do you organize well or do you just do a purge every so often to free up your space?  Does it work for you?  Throw me a bone people.

1 comment:

  1. I am all for organizing. I like a clean space, with everything in its place. But I don't have that because I have kids who do not share my love of order. I have spent the last 26 years of my life trying to bring order to chaos. I have seen some success but my goal still alludes me. I like to have some "assets", but I'm big on purging. I will accumulate to a point, then I say "All of this has to go!" The things I keep are of emotional value, such as children's artwork and trinkets from loved ones. And old beat up furniture! The less you have, the easier it is to organize.

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