Well, my plan for a tempo run and then a joyous caramel iced mocha was cast by the wayside this morning. Part of me wasn’t really feeling a run since I was a bit fatigued from yesterday but mostly it was because I started some spring cleaning. This had been my plan all along for this week off but true to form I waited until the last minute to actually do it! Here is some evidence
I am kind of proud of myself for this haul. I definitely have an unfortunate habit of keeping stuff. I used to tease my mom that she had hoarding tendencies and she got slightly offended. The thing is, so do I. I know part of the issue – I attribute positive memories with my stuff
The above shoes were the tennis shoes I wore when I went on Semester at Sea and sailed around the world. Why did I save them? Because they reminded me of my trip, of course! Nevermind the fact, I have neato souvenirs and boatloads of pictures, the shoes are the truly important, right? (insert sarcasm)
Yep, the shoes that made me a “real” runner… of course I had to keep these, I mean no brainer! Because don’t shoes make you an athlete? Not the HOURS spent running, nope, not those!
Yes, you read that right. I swear, I almost joined a cult last year! It was kind of an accident. Luckily a friend held me back from completely going off the deep end and joining the financial crazies that coined themselves as a motivational speakers. So why keep the bag? Who knows! Sometimes, I can’t even understand myself!
Ugh! After I decided I wanted to buy less stuff and save more money for experiences, I realized I wanted to get rid of some of the stuff I already had. I could be moving in a few months and I want to make sure I’m not moving crap from one place to another. Not to mention, I need to STOP associating good memories with things. To a certain extent, I know this is natural but I don’t need everything to take on special meaning. I mean, seriously Amy, old shoes?! How can I put old shoes at the same level as pictures of my family or things my mom made me? I want to simplify and prioritize! So, I have a giant pile to donate and a smaller pile to try to sell at one of the local consignment shops – YaY! Since I ended up going through the pile of clothes I thought I wanted to keep twice I found more I could live without. My goal is when I end up going through it again as I pack, I can get rid of more. I also put some shoes in a different closet because as of right now, I can’t part with them. But if I still haven’t touched them in a few months then they will find a new home, too.
Truth be told, at first it was kind of hard to add clothes/shoes to the donate pile. Thankfully, there was a marathon of Hoarding: Buried Alive showing today on TLC and that gave me an extra oomph! in my motivation! Also, the more I donated, the easier it became.
Next weekend I am going to tackle the spare room, a.k.a. “Simon’s Room”. It’s a disaster!