I'll just come right out with it: I have too much stuff.
And by I, I mean we - my family.
Even with the best intentions, I cannot satisfactorily weed out enough stuff. I hang on to things "just in case."
Just in case I shrink two sizes.
Just in case I need a box that size.
Just in case I paint the walls again and it fits into the new-old color scheme.
Just in case my husband can fix the little doohickey that's broken.
While staring at my piles, I started obsessing over the phrase too much.
It can turn seemingly normal activities into ugly scenarios.
Drinking (too much)
Eating (too much)
Talking (too much)
Sleeping (too much)
Working (too much)
Ok, so what if I use positive words/actions? Will that make too much any better? Let's try:
Playing (too much)
Laughing (too much)
Singing (too much)
Partying (too much)
Kissing (too much)
Nope. Too much is negative verbiage even with wonderful words.
What if I use too much with a good thing?
Too much of a good thing is still too much.
So, despite my inner desire to justify having too much stuff, I haven't been successful in proving that too much is not a bad thing.
But I'll keep trying.
Because I want to keep my stuff.
Just in case.