The last few months I have learned to let go of a lot. Not only physical items – blending two households that were FULL houses – but also mentally and internally.
On the physical part, I think I have thrown away/shredded a ton of papers. Why did I keep grocery receipts from 2010-2017? They were all neatly organized in plastic file folders with the year on the outside. Why? WHY?
Among them were also statements and invoices on items I no longer have/ owe as well as manuals for long-gone appliances and tools that were sealed in plastic bags and stacked in a bin.
And then there are those bins. I think it is an acronym for Boxes Including Nonsense on Shelves. Or maybe it is Buying Irrational Nic-nacks to Store. Whatever it is they are everywhere – red, green, blue, clear, frosted – you name ‘em, we’ve got ‘em! A friend of mine’s husband once told her “just because you have everything in a bin, doesn’t mean you’re organized.” There has never been a truer statement.
I have visions of getting all of the multitude of bins filled with photos (I think I counted five) in some sort of photo albums. I won’t even begin to try to digitize them – that will have to wait until I retire. And then there are the holiday bins. And here I thought I downsized a few summers ago. Nope. And I’m sure as we combine our Christmas decor there will be more things to donate.
The way I see it, as we whittle down to a manageable amount of furniture, appliances, decor, baking dishes etc, I’m also whittling out the past annoyances, bitterness and negativity. Both make me fill a bit lighter and buoyant in day to day life and it leaves room for positivity and good thoughts and things to happen.
SUE BROWN is a columnist of the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.