Well, I’ve simplified, de-cluttered, fly-lady-ed- and now the NEW trend “compacting”. Sounds right up my alley.
I think I need some sort of intervention.
I am feeling so stressed by managing all our stuff. It really hit home this month. It was such a huge awakening to me how much time and energy and worry and stress and MONEY our “stuff” was causing.
We moved last month- to a bigger house with a pool. We had to rent a storage locker about 4 months ago when we were selling our old house to house all the things we could do without .. turns out we could do without. I didn’t miss a single item. 4 van loads and 75 a month to store.
We had the usual phone/cable stuff to deal with. Bigger headache than usual. Then the install and set up off all the brand new appliances- this took days .
Coordinating the move our hot tub ( and truthfully this is one item I CANNOT do without. I have very bas RLS ( restless leg syndrome) and its the only thing that helps… ) This was huge expense and time sucker. New concrete pad, tore the cover, new electrical etc.
The HD TV didn’t work right and cable people had to come and rip out al wiring and re-do. This took 2 days. We had business one installed for my husband and this knocked out all our phones… HOURS on the phone and another day to fix.
When we took over house woman left pool a disgusting mess. Tons of work getting rid of the green sludge in the pool . Running around to pool shops, vacuuming endlessly..
Then my husband lost his cell phone and through everything into a frenzy- went and got a new one.. then more time on phone trying to get working… trying to figure out the blue tooth head set.
By the end of the week I said to my husband- do you realize our entire week was spent managing out “stuff” making sure it worked? I felt really nauseas and weirdly ashamed.
Like I wasn’t living. I wanted to simplify my life and have LESS stuff .
I pushed the feeling away… then we went camping.. in our trailer- that wont fit in new driveway properly ( interferes with my husband’s motorcycle coming in and out of garage) so we have to now deal with that problem.
Three big crisis when we arrive at our campsite: I can’t get the satellite radio to work, forgot sons gameboy and I lost my MP3 player. . Spent two days driving into town buying new player , returning the Mp3 player because it didn’t work and then buying a NEW antennae for the radio.
Fights with the kids over my daughters Nintendo DS ( that we bought on one of the trips because her brother LOST the other one 4 months ago) But now sons doesn’t have his gameboy.. and so it goes.
Our dependence on technology sickened me. Really to the core.
We have too many gadgets and gizmo’s and toys.. and taked a lot of my time to make sure they all keep working..
I would write more- but my keyboard broke last night and I have to call Dell ?