It’s been almost 4 years since I started decluttering.
I’m a little confused.
We’re still drowning in stuff.
When the journey to a simpler family life began, I was full of optimism. Surely a few ruthless months of purging would reduce our stuff considerably and alleviate the stress caused by material items. I was reading blogs a plenty that had successfully purged their possessions and clutter and were now sitting back enjoying the fruits of their labour.
Yet almost 4 years on, I am once more posting about how much stuff I need to dispose of. Still. You can see why I’m confused.
I can only conclude that;
a) I’m ineffective at decluttering
b) My tolerance level to stuff has reduced considerably and therefore the less I have, the less I can tolerate
c) My efforts are being sabotaged by an inward flow of stuff from external sources
Considering all 3, I actually believe all of them to be true to some degree.
My blogging buddy Robert was interviewed a while back and talked about how the battle with stuff can be compared to bailing out a sinking boat whilst water is still pouring in. This analogy has stayed with me. I cannot think of a more effective way of describing it.
A plug is required before I go any further. Else, I’m on a slow boat to nowhere.
I do not want to be posting about this January 2014.
A metaphorical buoyancy aid is going on today. I won’t drown. Action is required.
I just need to come up with a plan…
Please feel free to share your thoughts. Are you winning the battle or are you on a sinking ship?