When I started decluttering, I started with clothing. I counted my t-shirts, and found 61 packed in my dresser. I could wear a different shirt every day for two months. Guess what I actually wore — my junky old t-shirts. I didn’t want to mess up my good shirts, so I wore my old, stretched out, and full-of-holes t-shirts.
That was the first time I realized the value in using the good stuff and decluttering the junk. Tsh Oxenreider of The Art of Simple had a similar experience. She had a special perfume that she loved, but rarely used, saving it for special occasions that rarely came.
Tsh shares this excerpt from an article titled, “If I Had to Live My Life Over.”
“… I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage. I would have talked less and listened more. I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded. I would have eaten the popcorn in the ‘good’ living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace. … I would have sat on the lawn with my kids, even if it meant grass stains.”
In Tsh’s words, “It hit home.” Read more on her blog to get her thoughts and feeling on using the good stuff. Use the Good Stuff
I want to share one more “good stuff” breakthrough we had recently. We finally decided to start using our wedding china for everyday use. It’s really beautiful, and every time we use it we will be reminded of our wedding day and the love that brought us together.
What good stuff are you keeping hidden away in boxes or closets? Think about the “good stuff” you can start using. Tell us your stories of using the junk versus the good stuff in the comment section below or on our Facebook page.