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There’s a common theme amongst the minimizing/simplifying crowd that revolves around guilt. When you see how many bags you fill it can often bring on an overwhelming feeling of punch-to-the gut shame. So many items you don’t need anymore and maybe never really used, on which you spent your hard earned money. One of the most common quotes I hear is, “What was I thinking!?”
When we purged items, we no longer (or never) used and needed, boxes filled faster than I’d like to admit. In fact, in our #ayearofsimplifying process we have taken 12 SUV loads to a donation center. 12! That is not even including the items we sold and the items we donated a year ago before we moved into the house.
While this major purge allows me to feel free and in control of my life, I immediately felt a sense of guilt each time we packed the Pilot and left to drop off all the stuff. Even writing this here has me feeling a little nervous to hit publish. No judgement zone, right?!
I’m here to tell you this feeling, I’ve found, is normal and really important. If I hadn’t had those feelings, I may never have changed my purchasing habits. Undoubtably, I’d be back to feeling overwhelmed in no time. Getting rid of excess stuff and stress in your life won’t keep it from happening again unless the process is a bit painful, hence the guilt.
No more buying throw pillows or art for the wall just to finish off a room. No more feeling the need to have 12 wooden puzzles ‘for variety’. My money and home feel more valuable and important than ever. This process of simplifying our lives has begun to change my thinking and habits which will hopefully allow us to continue to live a more fulfilling life.
Have you started your home transformation? Feeling like you need to? Take the leap, it’s life changing! But beware… first comes a peaceful and happier home and then comes so, so much more.