An epiphany hit me this week. (Yes, it really took a week.) Live simple.
Two simple words have changed me. I feel like a coccoon has opened and I’m the butterfly flying out. Seriously. I read on Apron Craft Girl’s blog about an internet community called Freecycle. In a nutshell it’s a place where you can list items you want to give away. All you have to do is find a local chapter and sign up! I signed up about a week ago and saw that people really do have everything! During my live simple epiphany I realized I’m chained to my stuff. Stuff. Old paperwork, recipes I’ve never used, odds and ends of fabric and yarn, baking accessories, cords from two telephones ago…
I don’t want to live for my stuff. Recently my mom decided to go through everything in her storage. She couldn’t afford to pay $100 a month to store stuff. She gave me a lot of it. What would I do with it? So yesterday morning I posted 41 messages, (apparently too many, I’ve learned), of different things I wanted to give to others. I gave Scout’s old car seat, a vacuum, cookie cutters, old DVD sets, videotapes, boxes of envelopes, old dishes and glassware, my old computer printer, a broken PS2, Brita water filter, old knitting books…
The list goes on, literally. I’ve had people in and out of my home yesterday and today. There is still more scheduled pick ups. And it feels good. Did I really need to keep the two first seasons of “Law and Order” on DVD knowing I’d never watch them again? Or what about all of the various mugs and tea cups that haven’t seen a warm drink in years? No. I did good. People will get something out of my things. And that’s nice.
I am continuing with live simple theory. I read that some people are so consumed by amassing things that they don’t even enjoy it. I realize that I am one of those people. I buy fabric because it’s “cute” or “it would make a great quilt”. And it just sits. The pile gets larger and there is always cuter fabric. Or yarn. I can dream up the perfect use for a skein of Sundara. But 6 months later it’s sitting next to a couple more skeins. All of them had a perfect use.
It is beautiful. Even if I don’t care for purple. But maybe I can get better use out of this knowing I will never wear it for myself. I will never knit it for myself.
So on I go. I will make my life simple. I will start saving money and stop impluse buying. I will be more conscious of what we spend on groceries, gas, and bills. I will enjoy what I have. I will think about the things I want and the things I need. I will use what I buy. I will use what I’m given. I will remember those two hours of perusing in the library, alone, amazed at all the information at my fingertips. I will make a special time to read blogs and really get to know all of you wonderful bloggers.
I just wanted to let you know that I’m outside of the fire zones that Southern California is currently in. They aren’t anywhere close to where I live like they were last year. That said, my classes have been cancelled and I have a number of friends in the areas that I will be attending to. My mom is with a friend in the Porter Ranch area right now. So, I will be in and out. I apologize ahead of time if I don’t get to your emails/messages right away. Please cross your fingers for the people in Chatsworth. This is where I grew up as a teenager. I’m very upset to see my home burn to the ground. It has me very anxious. I guess living simple might have to wait a day or two.