Earlier this year I wrote about my $5000 purge, an exciting, albeit emotional, event. I loved the empty spots in my drawers, the bare space on the closet floor, and the fact I had less to clean. What I didn’t like was realizing how much money my husband and I spent on stuff we ended up giving away.
Granted, some of the items we purchased at one point we needed, or at least thought we did. (Like the kombucha maker.) But other things, Christmas decorations never used, movies watched only once, books never read, were a complete waste of money. And I hate wasting money.
But I wonder, if I had never spent money on needless things, if I had never spent time and energy in purchasing each of them, would I have ever known what it felt like to give it all away? I doubt it.
For it was in the releasing that I learned the true meaning of peace. And for that alone, every dime and dollar spent, was worth it.
Maybe money isn’t truly wasted when it teaches us what life is really about.
Here is my continuation (and confession) of more ‘stuff’ released from my life:
Christmas Mugs – I’m a sentimental Christmas nut, and couldn’t quite let go, even though they were old, chipped, and no longer used.
Glass Storage Containers – Looking pretty sitting in a closet.
Tea Light Candles – For the tea light holders we don’t own.
Old Prescription Glasses – I guess in case our eyes go back to the old prescription.
Refrigerator Magnets – It’s easy to collect these. How many does a person need?
Glass Cake Stand – For cakes I never display, or make.
Old Watches – So many watches, so little time to wear them.
Water Jug – Because one wasn’t enough.
Coffee Mugs – How many people live in our house?
Books – Still letting go. This will be a long process.
Vases, Frames, Plastic Wine Glasses – Miscellaneous items rarely used.
Candles – We could have lit up the neighborhood if the power had gone out.
File Folders, Office Supplies – To be fair, most of the supplies were from the office where my husband worked. When they closed their doors, we adopted a bunch of supplies to donate to homeschooling families and church. Whatever wasn’t needed was given to the thrift store.
Children’s Toys – Broken and battered.
Clothing – This area has improved immensely. So proud of both my husband and myself.
Baskets and Trivets and Knick-Knacks – Oh, my.
Wallet, Purses – Because a girl really only needs so many purses. Quality over quantity.
Tablecloths – Bought for an occasion, and never used again. I hate, hate, hate tablecloths. Cleaning them, ironing them, trying to get stains out. Never again will I purchase a tablecloth.
Tools – Tools are like the spices of the kitchen. It’s easy to forget what you have and buy duplicates. I think we are finally getting a solid hold on what we actually own.
Binoculars and Case – We already own another, and better, pair.
Table Base – Without a top.
Decorative Tray – No explanation, because I can’t come up with one.
Quilt – Sitting in a drawer, for a just-in-case moment.
Beach Bag – Because when we moved to a coastal state we thought we were supposed to own one.
Craft Paints and Supplies – I gave it all up. I’m so proud of me. All those crafts I never did are finally gone, and it feels so good.
Easel – Part of the craft release.
Recliner – Ripped and torn (it was getting old). We bought a new chair to put in its place, so technically, we didn’t lose an item. Just replaced it.
Desk Chair – Not needed.
Desk – Because one is enough.
Bowls and Cookbooks – The kitchen is getting emptier!
A Tripod – It sounded cool to own this. But it broke immediately, and was very awkward to carry anywhere, something we should have thought of ahead of time.
Coffee Table – Admission: I have owned four coffee tables in less than twelve years. Just recently, I discovered why: I hate coffee tables. They are big, cumbersome, awkward, and in the way. Now, we own none, and I love, love, love how open and airy my living room feels.
Sets of DVDs – Watched over and over again. And sick of them.
That is a portion of what we released, which brings our total to somewhere around the $8000 mark. Yes, initially I was upset by the amount of money spent, but maybe it was exactly what I needed. I guess you could say it was a very expensive lesson in life.