I am a bit of a hoarder – there I said it. I hoard stuff and not just a little bit, but a lot of stuff.
I’m trying to find a way around getting unattached to my stuff. But it’s hard. I have books and clothes and fabric and tools and dishes and antiques and artwork and many memories and furniture and on and on.
One part of me is entwined with a strange comfort of having so much stuff.
And the other part is teary eyed at the thought of losing the comfort I feel surrounded by my stuff.
I did manage to sell one thing online and it was an interesting emotional experience.
I got a little handmade African canister for free and I didn’t “emotionally” want to let it go. I listed it online to sell it and when the winning bid came in I knew it had to go.
As I wrapped it up to mail it out I was sad. I don’t know exactly why but that little canister made me happy on some level.
One part of me feels efficient, mature, responsible even proud of making a few bucks online.
The other part of me feels sad at the loss of a beautiful object.
Alas, the efficient part of me won out.
Non attachment takes great effort and in my case not all at once.
My non attachment practice is to slowly drop items I don’t really need one at a time.
As I wallow between hollow sadness of letting go of my stuff and losing track of stuff that has been temporarily mine I slowly move more of my stuff on for someone else to enjoy.