UPDATE: 6/14/12 -
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But now I have breast cancer. And I'm worried. What if something happens to me? How will anyone find what they need around here? And then I also think, "Thank God I was shopping ahead of time when we HAD two incomes because now we can't afford to buy this stuff!" I certainly have more shampoo than I will be able to use in the next couple of years, especially since I won't have any hair in about 3-4 weeks. So I'm going through all of the travel and sample sized products and trying out whatever. Who cares?
And that's just it, who cares about all of this stuff? Ok, sometimes I do care. And the kids do sometimes notice when something goes missing. But often we just do without whatever it was and just move forward. And that's it. We are moving forward.
We have cleared out much of the stuff that was piling up in the garage for the garage sale that hadn't happened since last year. I felt like we needed to sell the stuff to make up for the money I had spent on the items and also to pay for things we really DO need going forward. And when I knew I'd be leaving my job I was REALLY worried about how things would work out. How would we pay the bills? And then God blessed us. He answered. He showed me that He really will provide if I just give it to Him. So we skipped the garage sale and knew what to do. Our wonderful administrators at Westlake WeeSchool came by to "shop" the items in the garage for anything they could use at the school. And then my oh-so-helpful and kind sister said she would start taking loads of things to drop off at the KARM store (they resell items and use to help those who are homeless or needy in our area - a wonderful organization).
Most of the things are gone now. And I'm continuing to find more things that either don't fit (one of the five of us), we've out-used, don't want, can't find it all, etc. There are new piles forming and I've even found more ways to help others (like something in a church bulletin about a young woman moving into an apartment after growing out of the foster care system). It's a good feeling to look through what we have and realize that I might be able to help someone else. It sort of takes away the shame of my original potentially unnecessary purchase and makes me feel like something good can come out of all of this.
Minimize 2012 is coming along nicely, thank you very much, breast cancer. See, there really is a silver lining? :)