A little bit of my stuff

I’ve always loved the George Carlin bit about stuff.  The meaning of life is finding a place to put our stuff.  That’s the only reason we need a house, to put our stuff.  Sometimes we need a bigger house because we have more stuff.  And we might need to put some of our stuff in storage.  We have to lock up our house to protect our stuff…so we can go out and get more stuff.*

Lately as I look around my 2-bedroom apartment, I see too much STUFF!  Even though I have moved 3 times in the last 5 years and have donated or tossed more stuff than I can remember, I still have too much.  I currently have two big bags of clothes ready for Goodwill and know I have more to add to the pile.  I am trying to grasp how I could accumulate so much.  Instead of focusing on how it all got here (although I’m sure we could have a great conversation about why we accumulate so much stuff), I am determined to pare it down.

I’ve always been pretty good about getting rid of a piece of clothing when I buy something new but now it needs to go further.  There are things that will be hard to let go because they are pieces of art or were given as a gift or were passed down from family members who are no longer here.  So I’m trying to figure out the best way to pass these items on to someone else.  Clothes are easy, books are easy…but the other stuff, I’d love to give to someone I know who will appreciate and love them (it) as much as I have.

There are some things that can be sold on craigslist or ebay, but there a few things that need to go to a good home that I know.  So, any ideas?  Should I post a picture of one thing a week and see who really wants/needs it?  I’m open to suggestions.

And if there is anyone else who feels the need to purge their STUFF….maybe we could start a support group!


Quick footnote:  I purchased 2, not 1, but 2 aprons on Etsy yesterday.  Guess I have to get rid of something else!  Will I never learn?!

*paraphrased from George Carlin’s Stuff routine.

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3 Responses to Stuff

  1. amy says:

    I hear you. I keep cleaning and purging and donating and I still come upon more stuff. It’s a never ending cycle, but I good one, i think.

    I think you should do a weekly give-away. It would be fun to see what you are giving up and you know how it goes…one person’s “stuff”, another person’s treasure.


  2. AngelaVL says:

    I am in the same boat. Too much stuff. We’ve lived in the same house for 11 years. Four kids later and we have a lot of stuff. I’ve been picking away at it, trying to pare down, for months. Even though I’ve donated countless bags and boxes of stuff to various charities, it doesn’t seem like I’ve made any progress! It’s very discouraging.

    I need a support group!

    • Melissa says:

      Ok Angela…I’ll try and revisit this subject with some encouragement, tips, etc. to help de-clutter. I am no expert but I think there are few relatively easy things to do that won’t make it so overwhelming…its a process just like everything else 🙂

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