I was reading an article this weekend about Oprah having a huge auction of her stuff. She did it to raise money for her Girls Academy, but also because she needed to declutter.
What struck me was that she mentioned that she’d been keeping a lot of her things because she’d been considering that someday she may want to open an Oprah Museum, and these things might be used there. Somehow, that made me laugh. That Oprah can realistically keep things because she might some day open a museum.
Well, yeah. She’s Oprah. I know I’d be up for visiting an Oprah Museum. I’m a huge fan. She’s amazing. And a cultural icon. Important world leaders and famous people have sat on her couches and given her tchochkes. Makes sense she’d keep them.
But for most of the rest of us? Not. So. Much. We are not going to open museums dedicated to our lives. And so we shouldn’t make our homes that museum.
I also find it striking that even Oprah, as museum-worthy as she is, decided it was time to let much of that stuff go. She’s not waiting for that day she opens the hypothetical museum and paying storage fees, even with all her billions of dollars. (Said in my best Doctor Evil voice.)
Let it go, I say. And Oprah says. Which means it’s really true.
I cannot tell you how many times I get questions from readers about all manner of organizational challenges and my response, time and again, is STOP KEEPING SO MUCH STUFF. Don’t buy it, don’t keep it, don’t store it.
Just have less stuff. It’s amazing how tidy less can be.