I simply have too much. I'm not complaining, per se, but I'm feeling bogged down with all the "stuff" I own, and I want to simplify.
I am so very blessed. We are far from wealthy but we really don't actively worry about where our next meal is coming from, or if we can afford to put gas in the car, or if I want to buy an extra magazine in the grocery store... Since J's retirement is looming on the horizon, we've been talking a lot more about how we spend, what we buy, what we need, what we want, how we'll live, where we'll live...
But when I walk into my house, into my room, into my spare room, when I go into my closets, I just feel as though there's too much stuff in my house. I simply have wasted too much of my money in the past buying things, things I don't need, things I just wanted, and now I feel the need to just unburden myself.
I've always donated clothes and miscellaneous household stuff to the Vietnam Veterans of America, or to the Lupus Foundation. I've decided that I'm going to put together a selection of work clothes I don't wear too much and contact a woman's shelter to donate them: there are so many women escaping abusive husbands, women who need a helping hand to move up in the world, and perhaps my work clothes will be just what they need to wear on that special interview.
I have so many extra scrapping things; I've been donating them to my scrapping group. But now I'm going to put together some small activity kits and bring them to the hospital and donate them to the pediatric ward. Perhaps there are a few children who can use a distraction while they're in the hospital for treatment, or while they're recovering...
I was so enlightened by the sheer amount of food I had to throw away after Hurricane Sandy. I just go to Shop Rite, and I buy what catches my eye. I never worry about a food budget, or if I should or could buy those chips/cookies/sodas, etc. I vowed to not buy too much anymore, not more than I can realistically use. I promised not to overstock my refrigerator and freezer. FAIL! I'll have to take a picture of the inside of my fridge/freezer and add it to this post tonight... We are cooking more, and eating out less, since J is pretty much homebound since his surgery, but I still have so much I really don't need to store. So I'll be putting together some dried goods and bringing it to the church this weekend. We have a food box in the vestibule where you can donate foodstuff, and members can help themselves to what's there. There are quite a few elderly parishioners and some lower income families in the parish, so there are some more people I can help.
I haven't done any of this yet this week, but my heart already feels lighter!