“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” ~Matthew 6:28-30
Recently I’ve been running across interesting tidbits about minimalism or decluttering that were aired on television programs, such as the following:
Thoughts that came to mind while watching:
*How in the WORLD does one manage to accumulate the amount of stuff shown in the basement at the beginning of the clip? That’s just one step away from hoarding, imo, which is a whole other T.V. series.
*Hmmmm….I’ve always enjoyed organizing, I’m now a “practicing minimalist” and a retired mental health counselor. New “side hustle” (current term for part-time work) – professional organizer!!
*”A Place for My Stuff” is my all-time favorite George Carlin comedy bit! If you’ve never seen it, I highly recommend it! Easy to find on YouTube.
*Classic scene from another of my favorite T.V. series, “Friends.” Monica, the queen of OCD organizing, had a secret!
*As an adult, I’ve owned one house in my life; said house had a detached garage as was the custom in homes of the era. (The house was built in the 1930’s.) I’m not sure cars were even meant to be kept in there; maybe it was more of a large storage shed but the driveway did lead right to it. Weren’t cars fairly large in the `30’s? Even my little Buick Skyhawk wouldn’t fit, much less our larger cars we purchased later. Thus, this garage was indeed storage for us but the “storage” was: a lawnmower, rakes, brooms, cans for gasoline (for the lawnmower), in short – items to be used outside. I did place a very large cardboard box filled with 8 mm reels of home movies from my childhood in the garage. What was I thinking?!?! Dampness, heat, mold, mildew = box of ruined 8 mm reels of now non-existent home movies.
*My parents own a large home in the suburbs with a two-car garage. They own two expensive large cars. They can get them both in the garage…barely. They are “shoe-horned” in due to the other items in the garage, most of which are also items for outside usage but, considering my parents hire a lawn service, not truly needed. My step-father is a pack rat and, as a former electrical design engineer, his favorite “rats to pack” are cords, plugs, items that test all kinds of electrical gadgets, etc. The garage also has an attic, accessed by the pull-down trap door. That area contains Christmas decorations and a few other things. (I’ve only peered in there once.) My father is able to get the cars in and out of the garage but it makes my mother (and me!!) too nervous to try. Due to the current health situation of my parents, my mother wants one of the cars “in position” to be able to drive immediately should an emergency arise, thus, plans have been made. They are going to have concrete poured along the side of the driveway to park one of the cars. Not get rid of the excess items – make a new area to park a very expensive car.
*I knew a guy online awhile back who loved to read, as do I, thus we had great conversations on that topic. At one point he said he couldn’t get rid of any of the books he owned (all paperbacks so we’re not talking first edition collectibles) so he rents a storage unit for 5,000 (!!!!!) of the books that don’t fit into his house. Sooooo…he’s paying to store paperback books he’s read because he “can’t get rid of them” but it’s a pretty sure bet he’s not going to re-read any of those he stored. Only in America.
To echo the final comment in this clip, “It’s only stuff.”