Watching my past go through the shredder

I’ve been dreading this day.  The day of paper purging.  
I’m watching years upon years of documents chronicling my life get eaten by the shredder.  Detailed records of every purchase I ever made.  Bank statements with my maiden name.  Rent checks written out to my ex.  Overdraft notices.  Lots of overdraft notices.
Most of this past is clouded with bad memories but I still find it hard to let it go.  Every page that meets it’s demise causes me to wince a little.

But I’m committing to making some changes in my life.  And this step, while seemingly insignificant and definitely not pleasurable, is vital to redefining my definition of the word “need.”

Because growing up, I was surrounded by tons of “stuff.”  Closets overflowing with clothes.  Garages piled with scrap lumber.  Basements with towers of plastic file boxes.  And unknowingly, I was taught to hold. on. to. everything.

But through a combination of limited financial means and a nostalgic ideology, I’ve managed to break the cycle.  Mostly.  I am no longer holding onto clothes that I don’t wear.  Or items that I don’t use.  And the objects in my home are limited to things that I really do love.  So this is the final step.

It’s definitely a work in progress.  Hell, I’m a work in progress.  But hopefully this will help me to teach my daughter that life is so much more than just stuff.

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12 Responses to Watching my past go through the shredder

  1. Posh says:

    Stopping by from Boost my Blog to say hello.
    Have a great weekend!
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  2. JDaniel4's Mom says:

    I am purging tool It feels great!

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  4. StirSpoon says:

    The only way to move forward is by letting go of the past. Sometimes it is hard to say good bye even to bad memories.

  5. I have a hard time letting go sometimes too, but I guess it’s because I am always afraid that as soon as I get rid of it, I’ll need it again or find someone who I could have passed it on to. Although, in the end, I always think the purging worth it. Kudos to you!

  6. Michelle W says:

    Good for you! I feel so good purging those things that seem to weigh me down. Not easy, but it is so needed.
    Stopping by from “By word of mouth!”
    ~Michelle

    • Jen says:

      So glad you did! I love your blog. I want to live vicariously through your craftiness. Because Lord knows that I can’t complete a project to save my life.

  7. Wow, that must be a great feeling. It’s so tough to let go of all that paper. Not sure why, but it’s so true. I still have oil change receipts from a car I sold four years ago. Why? In case the new owner needs proof that I took good care of the car? The chances of the guy suing me are pretty low, so thanks for inspiring me to start shredding, too! Time traveling (a day late) from By Word of Mouth.

    • Jen says:

      I still have file cabinets worth of stuff to shred… It takes forever. Honestly, I could probably just recycle most of it. I mean, what could someone do with credit card statements from a cancelled card in my maiden name?

  8. You have made a start, and that is most of the battle right there!
    We have moved so many times that purging has come naturally, mostly … now four years into this house – I am ready to start again.
    Thanks for linking for Time Travel Tuesday – hope to see you next week :)

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