I got a comment from Alana (in Canada) that really got me thinking today -
"I have to admit I'm a bit overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of things you have--but, that's my problem, not yours!"
Why DO I have so much stuff? Why, if most people would buy one pair of pants do I buy 9? My parents have a lot of stuff, but nice stuff, and it is very neat, orderly and contained. Their house looks like anyone else's - maybe a bit more antiques, but that is their business-and by that I mean job , so I guess it doesn't really count.
It wasn't until recently that I realized that not everyone has the sheer amount of stuff that I have. My friends in Texas had as much or more clothing than I did, so it didn't seem unreasonable down there. I am having trouble thinking of one item that I own that I just have one of.
So why do I feel the urge to have this stuff- or maybe is it an actual need? And, am I passing this down to my son without even knowing it? Yesterday I bought him another dinosaur. He has about 20 already. He has clothes in every size up to 7 just waiting for him in boxes. (He wears a 3 now) He has 8 pair of Levis and 7 pair of other jeans that are in his is size for right now. I know he can't possibly wear all the jeans out before he grows out of them. So, the question is why do I buy all of them?
It doesn't really stop at clothes, purses and chairs. I bet I have curtains for 3 houses. I have rubbermaid tubs of excess curtains and drapes. I have curtains that have never been on windows. Right now my mother and mother in law are using my curtains too.
You would never know that all of this stuff is just lurking in my home. My place is pretty ordinary looking. But, I fear that one day it may just get the better of me.
Isn't step one admitting you have a problem?