Thursday, August 21, 2014

It gets easier...

Building on the theme of donating unused items, eliminating clutter, etc. I offer today's post.  I will have a few hours of really good "get-rid-of-it" momentum.  Then **BAM** something comes along and derails my train.  What I have learned is that as I get rid of more items I don't need/use anymore it gets easier to get rid of future items.  There is another truckload of things I am ready to drop off.  However, nature has decided it has to stay in my possession just a little longer.  A thunderstorm just rolled in.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Leave it behind

A recent trip to my parents' house yielded lots of laughter, good food, and time with family.  It also gave me more bins of my accumulated stuff.  These bins were my decoration stuff from college.  As I dug through the layers it brought back memories.  I found a picture of the girls I shared a house with during my first year of grad school.  They were lovely people to live with.  And I never spoke to them after I graduated.  What did I do with the picture?  I tossed it.  No hard feelings, I just don't need to keep it.  I found textbooks, papers, and handouts.  All carefully put away to use "someday".  Well it's been almost 10 years and no occasion has arisen where I needed these papers.  They joined the picture in the circular file.  There were some decorative items - light strings, picture frames, wall decor.  None of it fits my current life.  They were added to the donation bag.  I did come across family pictures.  Those are on display.  The only "souvenirs" from college I want to keep are my college boyfriend (I married him!) and my diploma.  There was a time when I held onto everything.  I mean everything.  When I began the moving out process from my parents' house I found notes written during 8th grade to various friends.  The "I'm bored in class" notes that every person writes, passes, and reads instead of actually paying attention.  Seriously, why did I hold onto them?  Those got tossed.  It goes to show how pack-rattish I can be.  The past few weeks have been full of purging.  Thrift stores, book sales, and neighbors are some of the recipients of my accumulated stuff.  There is more to sort through.  A smidge stays.  Most of it goes.  Tomorrow is another opportunity to keep what matters and get rid of the rest.

Hints of autumn

There is pumpkin paraphenalia in stores.  Goldenrod is starting to appear in the fields.  Early apple varieties are appearing at the farm stand.  There are subtle hints that my favorite season is approaching.  I knew it was creeping into my subconscious when I pinned a new pumpkin cookie recipe because "it sounded good".  This has been such a nice summer with great weather that I think I will be sad to see it go.  So I am holding onto the goodness.  There are lots of frozen assets in the freezer that will serve as a reminder in the dead of winter.