A big part of why I have accumulated Too Much Stuff is that I spent money on it, or someone else did, and I feel guilty throwing away something that I bought (or someone bought for me). Many times I decide to start a new hobby, or home business, and then I get bored, or it’s too much work, or I otherwise stop. I feel like a failure, and there’s all this Stuff everywhere that reminds me of my tired hobbies. I promise myself I will pick up again, really make some earrings, really book some home parties to sell my products, really get back in the (metaphorical) studio to do some paintings, really buy a domain name to sell those paintings, really make that quilt, and so on and so forth.
This has to stop.
I am going to focus on one artistic hobby: Painting.
I will not buy any jewelry making kits. I will not buy a sewing machine. I will not buy tissue paper in every color of the rainbow. I will not buy any new painting supplies, until I legitimately need to replace something in my supplies. When I buy new things, there will be a one in/one out rule — I will toss one item for every item that gets added to the collection.
Today, I am putting into the mail a box full of my in-home party demo items, to send to another consultant in the in-home party business I attempted and have thus far basically failed at. All I ask is that she reimburse me for shipping. She’s getting hundreds of dollars of product, product I bought… and I really don’t care! I just want it to be gone! I don’t want to move it anymore!
Today, I gave away a box of craft items. Tissue paper, glue sticks, markers, crayons, colored pencils, card stock, ribbon, pipe cleaners, cake decorating items, and more. I gave the whole box (a very nice craft caddy box with compartments and lots of storage) to my boss’s sister with the caveat that I never wanted to see the stuff again. She happily left with her new craft items to go home and organize them in her own craft area.
Awesome. Two huge areas of my room, gone, donated, just poof! And I don’t care. I learned from my mistakes — no more impulse purchases, no more “I’ll get around to it” projects… I tossed all my old high school and college tee shirts because I hadn’t made a quilt out of them yet and I didn’t trust myself to actually, truly get around to it. Bye bye, stuff!