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The power of stuff

So I have a ton of stuff.

Piles of it.

Boxes full of it.

Drawers ready to explode from it.

Just stuff.

And I'm in the process of packing it all away so we can move.

I guess I never realized just how much stuff we fit inside our apartment until I had to start sorting through all of it. Geez, there is a lot.

After packing for two straight days and looking at the wall of boxes ready to go, I realized two things last night.

First, all of this stuff will remain in the boxes for at least a week, probably more, until I get it all unpacked. If I can live without all of it for a few weeks, what do I really need it for? Maybe I'm more of a material person than I thought. Maybe I have way more stuff than I really need.

But then, I came to my second realization: How boring would my life be without all my stuff?

Sure, I could survive. I know I don't really need five boxes of Christmas decorations, or close to 20 picture frames, or all eight seasons of Full House on DVD. I know that as long as I have a roof over my head and food in the fridge and clothes on my back, I'm blessed.

But our stuff does more than take up money and space. It holds memories of people and events in our lives. It reflects our personalities and passions. It turns a house into a home. It inspires, relaxes and comforts us all at the same time.

So yes, I'll get rid of some of my stuff, (I don't want to end up on those hoarder shows, after all), but most of it will remain. Those boxes may be heavy and cumbersome and hard to haul up the stairs, but they're filled with stuff that I'm just not ready to part with.


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