“The Art of Letting Go” by M.W.King–March 2019

Of how much of you own can you let go? That has been a constant thought I’ve had in recent years since we lived for many months in a “tiny home”–a 19 foot travel trailer. Then the question arose again when my husband and I refurbished, over a year’s time, a small efficiency apartment in Washington DC, having only kitchen goods, a table, two chairs and a blow up mattress. Now the question arises again each time I come into my “regular home.” We have so much “stuff” we don’t really use or need.  Seems a shame not to release it to someone else.

The real truth in life is that LESS IS MORE. Honestly, the less stuff you own, the more space you possess. The fewer clothes in your closet, the more combining choices you have. The less jewelry, scarves, or watches that own you, the more you’ll enjoy what matters.

In times past, people possessed so little, and their lives were simpler for it. With my own generation of The Baby Boomers, we have amassed huge piles of stuff; and now we have to get rid of these possessions, for our children don’t want most of it.  And they certainly don’t want to sort through it after we head off to heaven. For example, a nice gentleman on the plane the other day stated that his Baby Boomer mom has a house full of “chotzskies” or hundreds of little metal boxes which she loves. He or his wife don’t want a single one. What to do???

So the question remains, what to keep and how to release?

Well to make this a simple blog post, shoot for these five steps.

  1. Take a look at what you have.

  2. Pull aside what you might release. If that “item” doesn’t speak to you like it did when you purchased it, consider letting it go.

  3. Make everything readable if you are talking labels such as pantry goods; then decide what you haven’t used in a year to six months. Also check expiration dates.

  4. Put what can be given away in a bag, basket, or box.

  5. But don’t release anything. SIT ON IT! By not releasing the items immediately, I’ve often retrieved one or two pieces of clothing or possessions as I was itemizing them for taxes because I realized that the items could be used or worn another way.

You won’t believe how much cleaner your home will feel. Jesus knew this plain fact too, for when He sent out His disciples in pairs of two, He told them to take nothing but what they had on their backs. Simple living? You bet.

Martha Wild King, M. Ed., Author

The Frugal Catholic: Learn to live on less