Hanging Onto All That "Stuff"
Our move from Tennessee to Vermont, in all of its drawn-out glory, has led to lots of conversations about "baggage" and the "accumulation of things" in my household. I am currently writing this blog amidst the final U-Haul dump of our earthly belongings from Tennessee. At the moment I feel as if our home could be featured on an episode of Hoarders or some similar show. How did it come to this? Trust me—we have done periodic purges over the years. We host at least one or two yard sales per year and we take lots of items to donation drop-offs. I also have worked over the years to wean myself from the Depression-era save-everything lessons I learned from my mother and grandmother. (Admittedly, however, my growing environmental concerns have somewhat counterbalanced those efforts with a renewed focus on reuse and upcycling.) So I still find myself surrounded with "stuff."
In many ways, I think the amount of stuff in my home is a physical manifestation of my anxiety problem. As a person who suffers from that particular affliction, I am constantly worried and one of my worries is about my family having the things we need. Of course, my definition of "need" is all out of proportion. I suffer small anxiety quakes when one of my children mentions some item they need for school that we do not have on hand. My brain races through a laundry list of worries, often subconsciously. Should I have this thing in my home? Do other people keep such things in their homes? What does it say that I never thought to obtain that thing? I am not really a person who worries about "keeping up with the Jones's" in terms of finances or appearances or new and fancy items, but apparently my inner anxiety drum beats to the tune of keeping up in the event of an apocalypse. What if that item I did not have was the one item we needed most? I exaggerate, a bit, for the purposes of illustration but at base level I'm pretty certain that is the pathway my brain is taking in such situations.
I guess there is no magic fix for this, although recognition of the problem is certainly a step in the right direction. Tell me, what steps do you take to help keep a handle on the accumulation of things in your house? I'd love some tips! Until next time, y'all have a good one!