I am a pack rat. It’s about to change.

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I’m not sure if anyone of you have seen any episode of “Hoarders”, but if you have, you know what a pack rat is.  A pack rat is someone who can’t let go of things.  You make excuses after excuses to not get rid of stuff.  There’s the money aspect, the sentimental aspect, and other aspects that we choose to not let go of stuff.

I am a very sentimental person.  So, if a person I liked/loved gave me something, I will hold on to that until the cows come home.  It’s hard for me to let go of things.

But, I have learned that it is definitely time for me to change my ways.  I have to take little steps so I can do this.

The first step I took was to look through my coat closet.  That’s where I keep all my winter, spring, and fall coats including all my shoes.  I took a look at the amount of jackets I have and you will not believe this but I have a total of over 20 jackets.  Some of them, I haven’t even used.  I went through it and changed my thoughts about them.  Before, I always thought that I am saving money by having enough coats to last me a lifetime.  I can choose and wear the ones that I like for the season and leave the rest to wait until I find the time to use them.  The difference with my thought then and my thought now is subtle but meaningful.  This time I thought about it like this: “Someone else less fortunate can benefit from these coats.”  Just as a random inventory, I have 5 J. Crew Jackets among the 10 that I donated.  Hardly used.  Still in great shape.

I didn’t even look back.   I took all the jackets and shoes that I have not worn in the last couple of years, put them in a trash bag and drove it to the local donation bins for D.A.R.E. and it felt great!

There are many spaces in the house where we tend to hoard stuff.  An attic is one of them.  So is the kitchen.

I am taking this one step at a time so bear with me.  There are lots of other things I want to get rid of but I have to slowly part with them.  I can’t be too drastic with my actions cause otherwise, I may easily give up on it.

Little steps.  You crawl, you walk, you run.  That’s the secret.  If you need some tips, follow this link.

This will be a great welcome to the New Year.

Hope everyone had a nice weekend!

Cheers!

 

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