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Thursday, what makes my world go round…

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Today I was doing some cleaning.  Way past due!  Not the deep down and “Martha Stewart” kinda cleaning just the dust, sweep, vacuum stuff.  While I was rearranging the dust and cat hair I once again became aware of how much I have.

I am one person with two bedrooms–and rarely an overnight guest.  A bath and a half–and I can only use one at a time.  I have two sets of dishes, many many glasses and mugs, lots of pots and pans…and I don’t entertain or cook much.  My cabinets, closets, and bookcases are full–and there is lots in them I never use or even think about.

Occasionally, I will go on a tear and get rid of lots of stuff–extra stuff–toss–I’m not sacrificing anything–I always still have plenty of stuff left.

Anyway, while I was doing my cleaning thing I realized that though I don’t like the cleaning of all this accumulated stuff I do like having it.  It pleases me to have it.  It makes me comfortable and happy.  More importantly, I know that if it was all gone tomorrow I might not be pleased or comfortable or even happy but I would be ok.  I would still be ditzy me and I would still have the really important stuff–lilheartgiven to me and the lilheart I have to give.

Today, I am thankful that have my stuff and that I know it is not what makes my world go round.

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I am a woman of a certain age who was raised a Yankee and now lives in the South. I am still a Yankee but a "softer" one. My catkid and my friends are my family. My conservative friends think I am a liberal while my liberal friends think I am conservative. I am not talking politics here...I have no interest in politics! I laugh a lot, cry sometimes, rarely angry, not really shy but an introvert for sure, pretty open but do have some secrets. Ok, that's me...or some of me anyway.

12 responses

  1. As you may remember (or not), I’m trying to de-clutter my house this year. The yard sale is quickly approaching, and I’m finally starting to get into the swing of it. I am feeling rather ruthless, and so I am taking advantage of that and packing things up before I snap out of it :) Some things I still don’t want to part with, so I just won’t. Your post reminds me that that is perfectly okay. There are plenty of other things that I’ve held onto, but have not used in, say 15 years (oh, my), and I’m going to send them out into the world for someone else to hold on to for a while.

    I don’t know how I’ve accumulated so much stuff! But I have to say that I love the extra space I now have in “the kid’s room” (my guest room), since I’ve gone through there and cleared out some furniture and toys that I really, really didn’t need to keep any longer. I love what you said, “I’m not sacrificing anything.”

    • I do remember about your de-cluttering plans. For me de-cluttering is on going. I am fine for a while then one day I look around and there is–clutter! Who knows where all of it comes from–or better why!

  2. Sugar & Spice & All Things ? Nice

    (A)…you are NOT ditzy. Don’t put yourself down, there are always enough people that take a perverted joy in putting others down.
    (B)..Congratulations on knowing what you want and why you want it. Good for you. Now, give yourself a pat on the back!!!!( pun intended!!!)
    Pat.

    • Pat, I don’t think it is a put down to call myself a ditz. I say I am ditzy because I am somewhat–quirky is a word that comes to mind–and I am fine with it. I am who I am.
      I have given myself a pat on the back compliments of you–thanks.

  3. Patricia, I keep threatening to clean out my ‘stuff’, but we all know it’s never going to happen. :)

    Em, does that cat do contract work?

    • Elizabeth, I wish the cat was for hire–or that I could teach Teddy to vacuum but he hates the house monster. Maybe he wouldn’t mind dusting…

  4. That pic of the cat vacuuming up the cat hair is priceless! :) It always feels great to me to declutter and free up that energy! And like you, I also like my stuff. It’s just stuff, but much of it is special to me and comforting.

    • Carla, I think having our own “place” whether it is a whole house or just a corner of a room that is ours alone with our stuff is really important to our sanity. Although, I must say I don’t know how well I would do with just a corner of a room…

  5. Since I moved 3-1/2-years ago, I’m STILL trying to get stuff OUT of my life (and storage). It’s difficult to try and re-jig our lives. More power to you. I’m still holding on to stuff…some not used in two, three…how many years?

    • Tess, I had a box in my guest room closet that was there for at least 5 years after I moved here that was never opened. I thought about just throwing it away without looking in it–but I did look then threw it all away. It was hard though–I wanted to keep some of the things–I was strong and out it went.

  6. What a wonderful thing to know and appreciate today! God bless you , Patricia!

    • Debbie, There was a time that I did have to let go of all my stuff except for clothes and jewelery. It was hard but not deadly. I could do it again if I had to…look to the lilies…

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