Monday, January 10, 2011
Getting Rid of Clutter!
My house is full of clutter. After 22.5 years of living here I am now drowning in it. It creates chaos, not only in the house but in my mind. I keep talking about throwing everything out, just like I talked about going on a diet and exercising. Well today I filled up four trash bags! Everyday I am going to fill up bags, until every useless item is gone. By the end of 2011 I hope to be rid of everything I will never use again and then start looking for a new place to live.
I would love to move out of this house and start over with everything new. New furniture, new curtains, new carpeting, new appliances…I think I deserve it too. If I won the lottery today, I would find a deserving family and give them the house with everything in it except for our personal items. Doesn’t even have to be a huge lottery, maybe a half million, just enough to buy another place and fix it up.
I have to figure out what kind of residence suits me best. I’d like something maintenance free. A house is a lot of work. A condo forces you to live with other people that can cause you grief, but if there are building problems they are taken care of for you. I thought about a mother-daughter house too. I have two daughters and maybe one of them would like the comfort and convenience of living at home, but with her own private apartment. But if they both decide to move out on their own I am stuck not only with a house, but an extra apartment which I will not rent.
I also have to decide where I want to live. Should I stay in the same neighborhood where everything is familiar to me or move some place else. And if it’s someplace else, where? I don’t want to have to move ever again, so it’s a big decision. I would like for my husband and I to retire early so we could live in peace, doing the things we enjoy doing. We have spent all of the years we have been married trying to make our parents and children happy and now it’s our time. We are still younger enough to enjoy life and travel or pursue our interests.
So, as I lose weight (three pounds so far this first week), I will also get rid of clutter and plan for the future. Hopefully, it will all work out the way I need it too.
If you have any suggestions for my dilemma, I am all ears!
Here’s to scaling down!