I stopped by the gym last night for the first time in 2007. (I had a short work-out and then cancelled my membership for the end of the month.) If you’re a regular at the gym you notice every January how busy the place gets. There are plenty of people with New Year’s Resolutions to make some life style changes. Lots of people are interested in losing weight or cutting back on their debt. We are encouraged to rid ourselves of unnecessary burdens.
Around our home the upcoming move has forced us into another kind of diet, and boy are we losing weight fast. I call it the ’stuff diet’. We are simply getting rid of all kinds of ’stuff’. There are boxes of things we don’t need, kitchen items we have never used and more things to hang on our walls than we have room for. We needed to get rid of the extra stuff. We should have done it long ago. But like many others we get lazy and just keep taking in and never giving out. Over the years as we got a bigger house we stored more things. And now we have gone on a crash diet. I would suggest doing it more gradually. Start with one area and work away at it.
- What have you not used in the last year?
- What clothing have you not worn in six months? (Keep that winter coat, you just never know when the snow might come.)
- What kitchen items, utensils, and empty margarine containers can you throw out?
- What box of knick-knacks can be donated to Goodwill?
- What box of photographs can be reduced in half by just sorting our the good ones or passing them onto family and friends?
- What about your freezer? For a week, make every meal with stuff that’s been in the freezer since the last ice age.
You get the idea. I’m sure that even by losing a few extra pounds you’ll feel much better. And remember, you’ll need that space in time for the spring garage sale season.