When I wrote this post I was only thinking about downsizing to make life a little easier. I had no idea that it would really pay off when we moved several months later – not just to a new home, but to a new state. I recently read statistics compiled by The SpareFoot Storage Beat that were amazing: there are between 45,000 to 52,000 self-storage units in the USA – much more than there are McDonald’s or Starbucks stores. The annual revenue for the industry is $38 million. Almost 10% of households rent a self-storage unit. BecomingMinimalist.com shares that 65 pounds of clothing are thrown away annually by typical Americans. Having less is proving less stress for me!
I have been “death cleaning” but did not realize it!
Over the years I have watched my friends fret as they anticipated turning 30, 40, 50 or 60. I never understood why they got so up tight. To me those milestones were just another birthday.
But this spring I turn 70 and that is a milestone I find hard to accept.
70 – I can no longer count myself in the middle age group. I’m old!
Thinking about this milestone in my life I have found myself looking around at all my “stuff” accumulated over the years and suddenly it just seems like too much “stuff.” I have had an irresistible urge to clean house – to declutter.
While I certainly expect to live many more years I have looked around and thought:
Why am I hanging on to stuff I no longer need, want or use?
Why leave all…
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