Lately I've been looking around my room/office at home. Currently it is in a trashed state and has been for the past year, if not longer. It's not as bad as some people's room -- you can still see the floor and I don't have to climb over junk that's at least as high as my knees -- but it is enough to drive me crazy. I like things to be organized.
Yes, I let my organization slip. In my defense, it was a little difficult when there were two of us using the same room. Mainly it because Keith's old computer was really showing its age and it seems that whenever Keith invades a room, the forces of chaos invariably follow.
He's now got a brand new computer and has returned to his Den. I have a room full of stuff. After viewing all of the junk I've accumulated over the years, I find that although this goal could fit under one of the previous categories, it seems to really need one of its own. Goal #7 for 2008: Simplify.
What can I say? I've been a pack-rat for many years. A very organized pack-rat, but one nonetheless. Exactly what would I do with all this stuff when I die? Absolutely nothing. Like the saying goes, "You can't take it with you."
It's time to let go of some of the things that I have. There are items that for some strange reason I felt I needed to buy them only for them to sit on the shelf for years. There are trinkets that people have gifted me that I would have never bought for myself in a million years, and yet I still hold onto them. There are toys I have enjoyed throughout my life that really should be passed on to someone else who will be able to experience that same feeling. And there are things that I have "one too many of" or are too bulky which could easily be consolidated into a smaller package.
Getting rid of these material things is a very scary prospect for me. I'm always thinking, "I'm going to need that someday!" Strangely enough, that "someday" has never arrived and the material items just end up in a box, and in storage for years. Heck, I still have things in boxes from when I moved out here almost 10 years ago and I have yet to open the boxes! (I know at least one fanboy who would be very excited to see what is in that one container!)
Yes, it is time to move to a simpler life. It's time to no longer be a pack-rat -- to become something more than just the sum of my possessions. Time to be free.
Well, will you look at that? I've got more floor space.