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A long time ago, I realized that one of the reasons I loved traveling was that I had very few things with me – fewer clothes, shoes, make-up, etc.  I liked the freedom that I felt having fewer “things” with me.

When my husband and I decided it was time to move, it was easy.  I made piles of things that we wanted to donate and  had one garage sale.  I used one of our bedrooms as a “give away room” and invited our friends to take whatever they wanted.  Also any visitors always had to take something with them when they left.  The hardest thing to dispose were the countless photos.  So, I made 4 piles – one for us and one for each of our 3 children.  I saw no reason why they also couldn’t have photos of our many friends.  They will appreciate having them after we are gone. I gave away all my “every day” dishes and glasses and now use all the ones I had at one time saved for “company.”

I now regularly go through clothes, paper “stuff”, books and donate whatever I can.  However, there are a couple of things that I feel I must continue to have – an ongoing collection of pop-up books and art related books.

The end result is that I no longer feel “owned” by my “stuff” and feel much more in control and happier with my new surroundings. [Please leave a comment here.]

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