I was the kid who took good care of her stuff.
In fact, much of it was in immaculate condition–even years later when I found it at the back of my closet. I was a
hoarder collector, not a user, of all things: candy, toys, cat mugs…
But the candy got hard, I grew out of the toys, and the cat mugs, well, let’s not talk about those.
I’m Saving Them
I always felt compelled to save things, but for what I never knew. Later, maybe. Or maybe for a more important day or a special event.
But I grew out of the Lite Brite papers and the cute, smelly erasers before I ever used them, and my crayons were still sharp when I moved on to markers. What a waste!
Even now, I save clothes and shoes for special occasions that will probably never come. Instead of enjoying them, they sit in my closet for someday.
Then they go out of style, or my taste or body changes, and they wind up in the donation bin with their tags still attached.
As Good As New
Even the items I actually use sometimes don’t really seem like they’re mine, but rather that they’re borrowed.
As a vertically challenged person, Every. Single. Pair. of pants is too long for me. So I roll the hems under, pin them up, roll the waist, wear higher heels, or just let them drag on the ground.
Is it laziness? Or is it to keep them in their original state so that someone else can use them when I no longer need them? I guess I’m still saving them for later, but now it’s someone else’s later.
Mine, All Mine!
So I finally hemmed the darn pants–four pairs of them–just last week (to flip-flop length, because let’s face it, those heels are not gonna happen). And it feels glorious!
I don’t trip over them and don’t have to triple check to see if both legs are rolled under to the same length. They feel more comfortable, and I love wearing them now.
I can’t tell you why it took me so long to pull out the scissors and thread*, but I can guarantee that my next pair of pants will be hemmed the moment it enters my door.
Life is short, so Carpe Diem!
A Grown-up Perspective
Children don’t have much control over their surroundings or their belongings. They’re subject to the whims of adults, so in some ways
hoarding collecting makes sense.
As an adult, though, I get to make my own choices.
One choice has been to declutter many nonessential items, which makes it easier to focus on the most useful, most loved items that remain. With a smaller number of belongings, I use each one more often and for more purposes. Why not make it even more useful and lovable by customizing it?
Plus, if I use things up or wear them out, Amazon, eBay, or Craigslist can help me find a replacement. This isn’t permission to waste and destroy perfectly good items willy-nilly, but to make them truly yours so you can and will use them up and wear them out.
What will you do today to make your belongings more lovable to YOU?
*Use this tutorial to keep the original distressed hem on your jeans.
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