“The more possessions the more worry,”Pirkei Avos 2:7
I’ve noticed a trend among my friends, both in real life and online: People are decluttering. They’re going through their closets, garages, storage spaces, that one room where everything gets dumped (for us, that was our guest room. We can’t exactly have guests right now so it was an obvious locational choice).
This forced confinement has given us the time (well, some of us) to shed excess while also hopefully not bringing in too much more.
While I’ve definitely been doing my fair share of online shopping, I’ve also been contemplating the challenge of having too much stuff.
Raising children seems to necessitate a sometimes frantic rate of acquisition. But when push comes to shove, what do my children prefer to play with? Couch cushions. Empty boxes. Literal garbage.
You’ve probably experienced it, right? Or at least seen a joke about it. You get a child a nice, maybe somewhat pricey gift, and they toss the gift aside and spend hours with the box.
Imaginative play is amazing and important developmentally, and I love what they come up with. Until it’s time to clean it up, of course. And while I am constantly tempted to buy more games and toys and whatnot, really so much of it ends up cluttering up my home.
Pieces get lost. Parts get broken. No matter how assiduously I plan on keeping things organized, it only takes a couple days where I don’t have energy to stay on top of it for total entropy to take over.
I understand this is a good problem. It’s a problem of plenty. But it’s still a problem.
I don’t have any wisdom beyond this, and it’s been a beyond hectic day so it’s unlikely I can string any more semi-coherent sentences together.
I would love to hear thoughts on how to declutter, what to do with that stuff right now during Corona.
Further reading: The Stuff We Are Made Of