On Instagram last week I posted a picture of the bags I was dropping off to the thrift store. I do this every week as there is always something that has to go. I keep a donation station in my linen closet and throughout the week add stuff to it that I no longer need or love or have the room to store. Anyway my blog friend Marcia, the Organising Queen, left me a comment that said this:
“I got rid of about 10 things from my already sparse bathroom yesterday! Had to face facts. Am not a bath person so all bath oils, fizzy bath bombs and bath salts went.”
I’ve been thinking about that ever since. How many of us hang on to something because we want to be someone we are aren’t?
I can so relate because many moons ago I thought I had what it took to be a scrapbooker. All my friends were creating beautiful books for their families and were having a good time doing it so why couldn’t I? I wanted to be that person too.
Only I wasn’t.
(an old picture of my scrapbook station)
No matter how many supplies I purchased or how much I organized and arranged it all (that really was the best part!), it just didn’t make a difference. The stuff sat there taking up valuable space in my kid’s playroom before I admitted to myself that it just wasn’t going to happen. I finally admitted what I think I knew all along but felt I was too invested in to do something about. It was time to face the facts.
I wasn’t that person.
It was an expensive lesson to learn let me tell you but gosh how freeing it was to pass along most of my supplies to someone who was that person and get on with my life.
So as we go into this 31 day organizing challenge, take an honest look around the space you have chosen and ask yourself what facts you need to face about what you’re seeing right there in front of you.
Do not hold onto things out of obligation or for that “someday” when you might be THAT person. Use your space for living in the present. Live your life in the here and now for who you are today.
It’s okay to part with those things just as Marcia parted with her bath stuff and I my scrapbooking supplies. Give them to someone who will use them or to your local thrift store. Sometimes we just have to cut our losses and move on.
Reclaim your space so it’s a useable space today. What you gain in return is going to be so worth it.
Let’s do this.
What facts are you facing about your stuff?