In the last year, I inherited my parents’ home and everything in it. Thankfully, my mom and dad weren’t pack rats, but I still feel overwhelmed by the amount of objects in my house. It’s easy for us Englischers to become overwhelmed by things. There are just so many possessions that we can acquire over a lifetime. In my case, I’m dealing with the possessions of three lifetimes, my mother’s, my father’s, and mine. I will never live as simply as the Amish, but I’m trying to simplify my home and life as much as possible. I want to keep only what I really love or need or what my brother and his family really love or need. I don’t want to keep something because I just don’t know what to do with it. To give myself some extra motivation, I declared this to be DECLUTTER SUMMER. I’m challenging myself to sort through at least one little pocket of clutter a week. Last weekend since I was between writing projects, I splurged and sorted four boxes files. It was quite an achievement. Because of my fulltime job and my writing, I won’t have time to do that much every week, so that’s why I am making the one pile of clutter rule.
Decluttering will be a long process. As I do it, I’ll come across countless possessions of my mom’s and dad’s that will cause grief to stop me in my tracks. But this is something that I need to do, and something I know they wouldn’t mind either. My parents lived very modestly and below their means. Material possessions weren’t important to them. My mom even had a motto when decluttering. She said, “when in doubt throw it out.” I’m pretty sure the Amish would applaud that motto, and that’s what I’m going to try to do.
The attic is the next BIG project on my clutter list. Say a prayer for me!
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