Thursday, January 15, 2009

Sin.

There is NO other word for it.

Nick's been working a bunch of late nights lately, so he took the day off today and we are trying to pare down and organize.

It is nothing but SIN how much crap we have.

We moved into this apartment in May and there are dozens of toys and games on the shelves in our upstairs closet that have not been TOUCHED since we moved in. And this is just ONE closet.

I about got sick thinking about it. All this stuff I have stored up NOT using when:
1. Others could be using it-- cause there's a lot of really GOOD stuff there.
2. I complain all the time about how my house is a mess and un-organized.

It's sin.

3 comments:

  1. Don't beat yourself up too much. Part of the problem, I think, is that kids just come with 'stuff'! People buy children gifts, and birthday parties are 'stuff' magnets, so it isn't really entirely your fault. (I had to lay down a 'nothing bigger than a bread box' rule for Christmas just to avoid the big 'stuff'.) Additionally, things have to sit around for a while before you are ready to pass it on to someone else. You can't just give away all the brand new birthday gifts, the kids would revolt. Maybe you could make a new house rule. One in-one out! hmm I like this idea...maybe I should use it. I'm glad we had this chat. (Sorry I'm silly, I don't think I've slept since xmas)

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  2. I'm having the same issue with all this stuff at my house! It's sad that we have so much stuff that we don't even "see" it sometimes, much less use it. It's just there for me to pick up and move around or maybe dust if it's a blue moon or something. :) Cleaning out this house has made me think twice about the things I buy which is a good thing. Even though I HEART Target, I'm trying to stay out of there and other stores because I find things I didn't even know I needed. Very frustrating that as an adult, I have poor impulse control in these mass marketing stores.

    Once we had a professional organizer talk at MOPS, and she talked about how your stuff owns you...you have to buy it, take care of it, dust it etc. That really opened my eyes and made me realize that I don't have to keep everything - even if someone gave it to me. It's not that I don't like our things or that I'm not appreciative of gifts, but they can't rule over me. Good luck in the purging!

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  3. I'm a little behind on reading blogs.. but I'm catching up. Today I met with my accountability partner and too much stuff was one of the sins I was discussing with her. Maybe you'd be a good person to ask. How many pairs of any given type of pants does a person really need? and how many sweaters? and how many shirts? I have way too much! I think I need to go bag up some more stuff now.

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