In my closet I have clothes I wore just out of high school. (I happen to be one of the lucky ones whose size hasn’t changed much over the last 40 years!) There are shoes, purses and other things that when I see them I ask myself, why did I save it? What makes all this worse is we’ve never had reason to move. So I just seem to add to my collection!
In addition to my “stuff” is my husband’s “stuff!” He has all that “man stuff” which I can only acknowledge as his, since me using it is less than likely! You know….. tools, and car parts, hunting gear, lawn mower gadgets, small appliances that he plans on fixing some day, and all those “man things” I can’t come close to relating to, but very important to him.
It seems obvious the thing to do is simply get rid of the stuff I don’t have a need for. Does sentimentality count? I heard once a person should get rid of anything they haven’t worn for over a year. I have several such items in my closet. It just seems so inconsiderate to get rid of a gift, even if I don’t wear it!
Then there are things the children made. Each item was created out of love and given with the purest motives. It seems insensitive to trash it. What if they ask about it? It isn’t like I could give it to anyone else who would care that it was drawn by my young five-year-old, thirty years ago.
The heart box filled with candy at Valentine’s Day when my husband and I were dating; how do I throw that away? Wasn’t that given to demonstrate I was in his thoughts and heart over forty years ago? I can’t possibly put that in garbage!
Where does this leave me? I have gotten rid of a few things, like old Christmas cards and even birthday cards that no longer carry as much sentimental value as when I first saved them. And some clothes that haven’t been worn in much too long have found their way to the Goodwill Box, as have some shoes and old purses. But I’m afraid my home still has much too much “stuff” that will remain for at least a while longer. It is what it is. Perish the thought of damaging anyone’s feelings because I became callous and insensitive to the giver of all my “stuff”!
The day will come, I am absolutely certain, probably even in the very near future when I will actually room by room, go through all my “stuff.” Will it bother me? Maybe…or maybe not! It’s just stuff and probably way past time to get rid of it.
Okay, Closet…..ready or not, here I come!
(A comment on the picture..... No...that is not my house but a favorite "antique place" we visit in South Dakota, but that is how I feel about my house sometimes..... and Yes! That really is a very gentle donkey in the picture (Donk) who is completely at home walking up and down the isles of the store!)