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SPRINGCLEANING FOR THE SOUL S pring is all about renewal. Even in southeast Texas, which Mometrix calls home, there’s a change in the air. A certain dreariness lifts, and beautiful weather sets in. During March and April, the skies are often clear, and the temperatures are perfect. It’s tempting to spend the whole day outside. For a lot of people, spring can feel like a true new start. It’s a springboard to the rest of the year, pun intended. I often feel more productive in the spring — I feel like I can get a lot more done during the day.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be doing a lot of spring cleaning. Our family is getting ready to move into a new home, and we’ll be getting rid of a lot of stuff. It’s incredibly refreshing to give stuff away. It’s also incredibly amazing how easy it is to accumulate stuff. Ideally, I’d love to clear out stuff on a regular basis. My wife and I follow a few minimizing blogs, and it’s interesting to see how other people live with less. We read these blogs to help us get into the “minimizing mindset” — which really comes in handy as we pick and choose what to keep and what to give away during the moving process. I think, as a society, we’ve come to equate abundance with happiness. The more you have, the happier you should be. Of course, reality is a very different thing. It’s a lesson a lot of people learn long after they’ve accumulated everything they thought would make them happy. In my experience, getting rid of stuff has brought me more happiness than acquiring it. In 2017, when Hurricane Harvey blew through Texas, I listed a lot of things for sale. A lot of people in the area were recovering. One family bought a table and chairs from me to replace the dining table they had lost during the flooding.
to me. That’s really where the happiness comes from — it’s not in getting rid of something, but giving those things new meaning.
It’s very important to be a wise steward of what you have. If you’re just hanging onto stuff for the sake of simply hanging on to it, that isn’t wise stewardship. This creates clutter in our lives, both physical and mental. Once something is no longer useful to you, it’s time to pass it on to someone else who can use it. It’s not always easy, especially if an item holds sentimental value, but letting go eases a burden in your life. You make space for what is yet to come. That’s what I’m doing as we get ready to move. I’m making space for what’s yet to come. Sure, our family will accumulate more stuff, but we’re getting rid of a lot. It’s about striking a balance so you don’t become overwhelmed but aren’t left without those things that define your family and your home.
Stuff I was no longer using found a new home, and it’s being used again. It means something to these folks when it hadn’t meant as much
–Ja y Willi s
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