Have you seen Hoarders: Buried Alive? We catch it every so often on TV, late at night. It isn't anything I search out, it's more of a 'there's nothing on, we might at well watch this for a bit' sort of a show for us.
I am going to be honest here.
That show scares the hell out of me.
As one of my Twitter buddies said, there is a fine line between collecting, reselling and hoarding.
When the show starts, I usually start looking anxiously around the room about 2 minutes into the episode thinking in a panic about what needs to be cleaned out. My mind is racing...How long has it been since I cleaned out my makeup drawer? Do I really need *5* pairs of black tights?? Is it necessary or could this be the beginning of something dangerous? Will I be interviewed at some point sobbing, holding onto the cardboard of 300 rolls of used paper towels, saying it all started because I had *5* pairs of black tights?!
As you know, I have been trying to clear things out. I am not a hoarder, I simply have some things that are not necessary to my pursuit of happiness and contentment. OK, a more than a few things. Over the past week or so, I have gone through the booth leftovers and took a bunch to Goodwill because I have no interest in them anymore...the kids and I went through their rooms to weed out things for Children's Closet...I've been eyeing my studio area with a raised eyebrow and am working on letting go of a few things in there. That is taking longer than I expected. But I have been distracted by the kids' stuff. And that is my excuse for that right now.
So as I am getting good at this purging of goods, I am getting focused on my thrifting as well. I simply cannot buy something just to buy it. Because when it comes home with me, it needs to either go somewhere specific in our home or it needs to get listed on Etsy. I can't just 'hold onto things' to be holding onto them anymore. Except for Christmas items. That is a whole other subject. Because you have to buy them when you see them! And then hold onto them to list them on Etsy in September! Am I being defensive? I have *5* pairs of black tights. I own my defensiveness. Truly, I wish someone would pinch me every time I needed to get things listed in my shop. I am terribly good at procrastinating about that and am really trying to change that habit.
It seems that we are all in this process of clearing things out of our lives that just are not working for us anymore. I hope it has been successful for you, too!
Items that are marked and ready to go to Children's Closet:
Items to be listed on Etsy: