I would like to start off this post by saying one thing:
Please don’t judge me.
We all have our demons. Or weaknesses. Or whatever you want to call them.
Mine just happens to be stuff. Particularly bags. 425 of them to be exact (or maybe somewhere close to that number…me and math…well…no comment).
I’m writing tonight from a broken place.
Several weeks ago I started collecting bags from around the house and putting them on the couch in our bonus room.
Never in almost 35 years have I ever gathered every bag I own and piled them up in the middle of the floor. Tonight, we did just that.
Well, I should be completely honest and transparent by telling you they aren’t even all pictured above because some were shoved in closets and full of stuff. We just counted those right where they were and left them alone. This massive pile was enough to deal with in 1 night.
It’s heartbreaking, actually.
I didn’t buy all of them (before you freak out – oh wait, you probably already did) – so many were gifts or free bags with purchase (that is the WORST!!!! I’m a sucker).
The problem is that I’ve held on and held on.
Yes, I’ve gotten rid of probably 20-30 over the past year. Obviously, that didn’t put a dent in my problem.
Broken down by the ugly numbers…
47 brown paper bags
13 book bags
28 kids bags
11 diaper bags
58 reusable bags (someone SHOOT ME the next time I buy a reusable bag in the checkout line!)
8 laptop bags
44 travel bags/pieces of luggage
30 makeup bags
And it sucks.
I had no idea there were that many. NO IDEA. They’ve been scattered all over the house. Bedrooms, bathrooms, closets, everywhere!
I’m determined to have less in 2016.
I’m determined to change.
I’m determined to LET GO.
So, what’s my plan for these 425 bags (before you all start messaging me telling me which bags you want – no, really. That happens every time I do one of these posts!!)?
There will be 3 categories:
Keep: we will only keep a minimal amount and they must fit into our closets. No more bags everywhere.
Sell: I have a dream of starting my own business one day that will include an online store. What better way to get my hands wet in learning how to sell online? For those of you eyeing our bags, be on the lookout! I’m going to run several flash sales. One night everything may be $1. Another night I’m planning a $5 sale. 🙂
Donate: I want to put bags into the hands of organizations that work directly with people in need. I’ll be donating to several different organizations that work with the homeless and those getting back on their feet.
Oh, and don’t be asking me to buy a bag, people. That’s just DUMB. And you officially have my permission to slap the silly off my face if you see me buying a bag ANYWHERE. ANYTIME.
It’s the last #trashouttuesday in the month of January and boy did I decide to go out with a BANG!!! Next month is a new focus and I can’t wait – February is all about less getting frustrated and losing our temper with our kids.
Maybe your demons look a little different than 425 bags. Even so. Our life is changing for the good and we all have to start somewhere. Wherever you are tonight – start there.
Encouragement for the Day:
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