New Year’s Resolution: Live with Less
For the past 48 hours, New England received a significant amount of rain and snow. It made for a nasty few days outside and sadly, a nasty situation in our new home’s basement as well. For the first time since we’ve owned the home, our basement flooded with several inches of water which took most of yesterday to fully drain. Many possessions were damaged and will need to be thrown away. When I went down to survey the damage, instead of sadness for what we’d lost I was overwhelmed with a realization – we have too much stuff. Way too much. And it’s my fault. It took sorting through boxes of possessions that for the most part, I had no idea why we were keeping to finally figure it out.
I have a “someday” problem. I save way too much because someday we might need it. Anytime I get fed up with the clutter in our house and go about purging, I’m paralyzed by my “someday” voice. I never wear those pants but someday I might change my mind about them. I can’t donate any of those toys Liam didn’t like because someday we’ll have another child and they might like them. I have to save the bins full of fabric I don’t have a craft project for because someday I’ll find a way to use them. When it comes down to it, most of what we own seems to be saved for a someday that may never come.
…if you want to live your life for One Day, you’ll miss a lot of Todays. You’ll spend a lot of time preparing for the 3% of things that might happen instead of enjoying the 97% of things that do happen.
I’m never going to be a minimalist but in 2013, I would like to figure out how we can live with less. I guess you could call it a New Year’s Resolution with an assist from Mother Nature.
What’s your resolution this year? Anyone else hoping to pare down their possessions in 2013?