S.O.S. can mean several different things…Save Our Schools, HELP!!!, Switched On Schoolhouse. Anything with an S-O-S configuration, really. Right now, for me, it is an acronym for Sick Of Stuff. It’s time to get serious about Stuff around here.
As I’ve gotten older, wiser, and more free of debilitating emotional issues, I have found that I’m somehow a better housekeeper. Do not read I’m A Perfect Housekeeper and My Home Should Be Featured In BHG there, please! I just mean that my home does not look like my bedroom did as a child…most of the time. If the kids have been running amok, well, it might look kind of like that. But, in general, you can see the floor and dont’ have to walk on Stuff or shovel a path through Stuff to get around. The OTHER horizontal surfaces around here, however, typically have lots of Stuff on them. And I hate it.
For instance, my kitchen counter is a long L-shape wth a stove at one end. There is a particular corner that I have dubbed The Black Hole. Not sure why, actually – black hole implies that things go in and are never seen again. I guess it’s more of the Event Horizon thing…if it gets close to that particular area, it ends up on The Pile. I do usually see it again, when I get sick of the Overflowingness and decided to “declutter” the Black Hole.
I have wanted Simplify for a long time, but I’m not sure what has held me back…and still does. When I’m away from our home, say at church for example, I get this overwhelming desire to go home and start Chucking Stuff. I feel up to it, I feel Inspired and Motivated. And, I get home and find that I just can’t do it. Even though I haven’t touched the papers in a certain file in my file cabinet for at least two years, I can’t bring myself to throw them away. It’s pathetic.
Yet I long to be Free Of Stuff. I hate the choking, claustrophobic feel of all these things. Things that gather dust. Things that stare at me and remind me how disorganized I am. Things I am in bondage to, because I can not throw them out or give them away. Things that aren’t worth much of anything, really. Sometimes, I think about things like What if there was a Natural Disaster and We Lost Everything. Would I survive? Of course I would. I don’t really NEED most of this stuff!
And so, I have decided to challenge myself to fill up a box or bag every day of Stuff to remove from my home. Whether it goes to the trash can, consignment shop or thrift store doesn’t matter. It doesn’t even matter what size of box or bag, as long as something goes out of the house every day. It’s just got to go. I’m calling it the SOS Challenge. I’m going to start this September 1, 2012…feel free to join me and share what your’re doing!
I love freecycle, but I can’t wait around for people who may or may not show up to collect whatever I’m freecycling….I know myself too well. That may work for you, but it won’t for me. There’s a Goodwill drop box a few blocks from me, and if I have a small bag, I can also get some exercise and ride my bike down to drop it off. I also go to an area that has a Goodwill store (and I get coupons when I drop off my donations…wait, that would probably work against me!). And if nothing else, I can set it out by the road with a “FREE” sign and it will probably be gone in no time.
Any challenge needs an outline, rules, goals….I’m going to think on those things and post what I come up with in a few days. For now, I have to work on psyching myself up for this challenge. To get rid of whatever it is that hinders me so I can get rid of all this Stuff that does not make me happy or serve a useful purpose in my life.