Lee and a curious calico crisscross the country in a RV, living simply and sustainably.

Material Girl

Spent the morning taking photos of furniture to sell on Craigslist. This process of simplifying life is darn hard some days! Surprisingly, I feel an attachment to my dining room set and armoire that seems almost like I’m putting a beloved pet up for adoption!

But consciousness prevails over emotion.  My cabin came beautifully furnished and is fully functional. I’ve moved these heavy pieces of furniture all around the country, paying strong guys and moving van companies many times over. I refuse to rent a storage unit, as many Americans do when their basements, garages, and attics are filled to bursting. I will put the cash to good use. So, if I can’t use it, my son doesn’t want it, and I can’t take it with me, I choose to let it go during my lifetime!

It’s the memories that bog us down. Remembering the new piece of furniture bought with your own paycheck. Remembering the sweat equity put into refinishing an old table. Remembering the artisan who hand-crafted this plant stand in trade for yoga lessons.  Remembering the friend who made a nice commission on the chairs bought to boost their sales & spirits. Those are all good memories of good times and good people.

However, holding on to the memories, or the dresser, requires a lot of energy and attention which could be better spent.  Like . . . Lliving lightly. Loving the ones you’re with.  Allowing the good stuff to flow through you. Letting go and moving on.

Suggestions:

Think:  Look around your home as if through a visitor’s eyes. What things are outdated, unused, or  unwanted?

Say:  Make a list of 5 to 10 items in each room that need to go. Sell them, donate them, or recycle them.

Do:  Sit within the empty spaces for a few weeks or months. Then look around again. Repeat this exercise as needed.

Comments on: "Material Girl" (3)

  1. it’s exactly what I have been doing. It’s freeing, and interesting the things I find the attachment to, but I have been faithfully “unloading” for the last month, each week, ten items go. And then when it’s time for me to go, I will hopefully be free of most, beyond necessity 🙂

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