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The Ownership Of "Stuff"

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by , 01-16-2009 at 02:23 PM (1322 Views)
Clearing a Space for Change

In life, we tend to have an easier time acquiring possessions than we do getting rid of them. Just as we harbor emotional baggage that is difficult to let go of, our lives can tend to be filled with material objects that we may feel compelled to hold on to. Most people are not conscious of how much they own and how many of their possessions are no longer adding value to their life. They fiercely hold on to material objects because this makes them feel secure or comfortable. While it’s true that the ownership of “stuff” can make you feel good for awhile, it seldom satisfies the deep inner longings that nearly everyone has for fulfillment and satisfaction. It is only when we are ready to let go of our baggage and be vulnerable that it becomes possible to recognize the emotional hold that our possessions can have on us.

It’s not uncommon to hold on to material objects because we are attached to them or fear the empty spaces that will remain if we get rid of them. Giving away the souvenirs from a beloved voyage may feel like we are erasing the memory of that time in our life. We may also worry that our loved ones will feel hurt if we don’t keep the gifts they’ve given us. It’s easy to convince ourselves that unused possessions might come in handy someday or that parting with them will cause you emotional pain. However, when your personal space is filled with objects, there is no room for anything new to enter and stay in your life. Your collection of belongings may “protect” you from the uncertainties of an unknown future while keeping you stuck in the past. Holding on to unnecessary possessions often goes hand in hand with holding on to pain, anger, and resentment, and letting go of your material possessions may help you release emotional baggage.

When you make a conscious decision to fill your personal space with only the objects that you need or bring you joy, your energy level will soar. Clearing your personal space can lead to mental clarity and an improved memory. As you learn to have a more practical and temporary relationship to objects, positive changes will happen, and you’ll have space to create the life that you desire.


[email protected]'s Thoughts:

Decluttering is something that I am constantly working on. Though I have removed a lot of "stuff" that's been stored in every nook and cranny of our house there is still more that I never use that could also go.

My worry is the famous"one day I may need this" line. Maybe I'll lose the weight, maybe I'll finish this project or you never know when someone else may need the item.

I know these are all excuses and I need to let the last of my storage of "stuff" go and then I'll have more space and less to clean.

What about you? How's your decluttering going?

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  1. Debbie-cat's Avatar
    I was like that before. Now having to move to another country and give up most of my belongings I realized that I didn't need them. I still have 2 8x10 storage sheds in Canada full of things that I haven't needed for almost a year! If I can do without those things for a year, I guess I don't need them. I am now getting my friend to sell the things in storage so I don't have to worry about paying for storage anymore.
  2. Momto2Boyz's Avatar
    I had always been a packrat, until I had an "awakening" of sorts. During my "awakening" lots of things in my life changed, and I went throw my entire house and decluttered everything. There was no hanging onto anything without a MAJOR significance to my life. Then we had the mother of all garage sales.

    Honestly, since parting with the majority of our stuff, our world and our home has been much more peaceful and harmonious! I don't know if it was feng shui or what, but it has helped!