#trashouttuesday / at the end of your life, you won’t care about your “stuff”

the daily Starr trash out tuesday

I remember writing one of my very first book reports on the First Lady of the United States, Barbara Bush.

Tonight we celebrate this beautiful example of a life well lived and honored by so many. I came across the quote below and it hit me especially hard on this particular #trashouttuesday  –

Well said, Barbara. Well said.

In light of a “discussion” I had with my husband today in our garage about why we need to keep 3 strollers…I would add this piece of wisdom –

“At the end of your life, you won’t care about your stuff!” – Starr Haigler

So why is it so hard to let go of the stuff we don’t need???

The struggle is real and it’s an ugly reality in our home currently. With our upcoming move, we’re faced with the fact that we still have TOO MUCH STUFF.

I don’t have answers for you, oh how I wish I did. I can simply share my own personal struggles in life and tell you how you’re never alone.

There’s been an afternoon full of regret in my mind about our argument over 3 strollers in the garage and how something has to give. It’s funny how God will stop us to consider what really matters, right?

Here’s what really matters most – the people we love.

Instead of stressing about our stuff, I stopped to swing with her in the tree. We will both remember these moments for a lifetime.

Here’s the thing – I don’t want to pass along a garage full of stuff she’ll have to eventually get rid of. Instead, I want to pass along a legacy worth living and keeping alive that she’ll hopefully continue with her own children one day.

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12 comments

  1. Such a great post. I have read so many things today talking about Barbabra Bush being our best First Lady in our lifetime.
    Reading that quote while trying to combine 3 households tells me to listen to my fiancé and sell or give away some of my mom’s things. I just find it hard to get started so keep on teaching me. I don’t comment often but I love your posts. Prayaers for going forward with the Haigler Inn and new home.

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  2. Good morning sunshine. Love this post such a reminder of time how it goes so fast it’s the little things like this they will remember. Amen beautiful picture. Beautiful. Family. Have a wonderful day honey. Love y’all

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  3. Starr, honey, if you don’t conquer your hoarding instincts, it is going to consume your every goal and dream. You continuouly clean out by simply moving to another place that you will later clean out and move again. It is a never ending cycle. Remember… where our treasures are, there are our hearts also. If you are going to make your marvelous dream a reality, you will have to clean your plate and place of everything that is not ABSOLUTELY critical to making that happen. I can tell you that as‭ long as you have all of your addictive possessions in your life, they will conquer the day. God has blessed you with a amazing husband. Hear his advice. Let him be your voice of reason when your judgement is clearly not including reason. I love you and want with all my heart to be able to stand on your land and witness the opening of The Old Haigler Inn. Start now to ensure that place will never be the warehouse of worthless stuff.

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    • There is certainly truth in these words. Writing and being transparent with my struggles leaves me vulnerable. Sometimes my readers don’t see the entire story, though. They don’t see the part where I want to be responsible and how some of what we keep is intentional to use at our new property. They don’t see how our family was overwhelmed several years ago when we cleaned out my grandparents house in a hurry and how I struggle to just trash the memories of them. They don’t see the part where I open a box and instantly smell my grandparents house and want to cry. Yes, I have room to improve and lots to get rid of. Yes, I’ve been working on the journey for YEARS. And even though we’ve made progress, there is still room to do better. This is me being honest and acknowledging the struggle and saying that it’s more than just clean out and let go. It is more than that. For sure.

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  4. Amen Starr. I’m in the midst of moving my son told me on Monday…..”ma you have too much STUFF”. I’m trying to do better and with that being said I have gathered several boxes of STUFF to give away to those less fortunate.

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  5. It is hard Starr, I’m so sentimental & want to keep everything but thank you for constantly encouraging me! You will be fine & Im so excited for y’all! 😘

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