I woke at 3am to the most beautiful sound – rain falling on the roof. I got up and opened the windows and front door to let the cool, fresh air in. I love the smell of rain and we desperately need it to settle down the bushfires. It’s been raining steadily for 5 hours now and looks like it’s set in for the day so at last we get a reprieve from the heatwave.
While DH was working on painting the bedroom yesterday I was busy making a detailed plan for downsizing our ‘stuff’ even further. I sat down with some graph paper and drew up a room plan of our little 4 room house. I worked out which pieces of furniture will come with us and what we need to keep for staging the house to sell. I am excited just thinking about it! But I realise I need to let go of even more – and I’m more than ready.
When I first started to sort and get rid of ‘stuff’ it felt like a real effort – a struggle. It felt hard to make the decisions about our belongings and emotional at times. But the more I got rid of the better I felt. There is a saying “the pain is in the resistance” and I think that describes it exactly. Once I stopped resisting and once I broke the imagined emotional hold that various items seemed to have, it just became easier and easier. I realised that the memories are in my head and my heart, not in the stuff that reminded me of those memories. Holding on to things from the past keeps me tied to the past. I try to live in the moment, and less ‘stuff’ is certainly part of that for me.
So I spent yesterday going through some of our already sorted and decluttered stuff and thats what I’ll be doing over the next few weeks. I’m calling it Round 2. And in my mind I constantly picture myself in our new little house, peaceful, calm and just living life simple… 4 rooms…. Sounds like bliss to me! Time to get back to it…
Here is a great post on Downsizing Your Stuff & Rightsizing Your Life.