Decluttering: Too much luggage

Seriously, how much luggage does one gal need?

Last month I collected and photographed all my luggage to illustrate that we all have more than we need. I’d planned to take the photo and then put it all back, but I suddenly realized – whoa! I really do have too much luggage!


Living with less fosters gratitude. Keeping extras “just in case” quickly moves from smart to stingy and encourages a habit of greed. It rarely starts from bad intentions. I didn’t have over ten suitcases out of fear, or out of desire to have it all for myself. They just kind of bred over the last 15 years.

Regardless of how it happens, holding on to extra stuff creates a burden in our home. It also prevents others from having something they could use when we fail to give it away to a better home.

So, after I wrote the article, instead of just packing it all away again, I selected and re-stashed the four bags that my hubby and I really use, and carted the rest off to Goodwill. I felt lighter having the extra stuff out of my house, and felt better knowing the bags would end up in a good home.

Let’s commit to living lighter.

Take a moment to inventory just one category in your home that is over-abundant. Blankets? Coats? Tupperware containers? Decide how many you really need and use, and then take the rest to your favorite charity. You’ll be happier at home, and make someone else happier, too.

Hi! I’m Rebecca West.

I’m not your classic interior designer because, frankly, I don’t care if you buy a new sofa. I do care if your home supports your goals and feels like “you.” Remember, happy starts at home!