Everyday, the "stuff" in our house reminds me of all the work that needs to be done. We have a lot of purging to do. Much of our big ticket items aren't worth moving across the country as it would be cheaper to replace on that end than to pay to have it moved.
I was in our basement earlier this week and noticed a box of miscellaneous tools and supplies. It has been sitting there since we moved from Chicago to RI almost 7 years ago. Really. If we haven't so much as opened it, why the heck are we keeping it?! I'm tempted to not even look inside for fear I'll want to keep something.
Among our many unopened boxes, we have outdated books that even our local library will no longer take. Another box had a Chicago Tribune rolled up and neatly held together with a bow. This paper, dated September 18, 1993, was a gift from a friend from the day C and I were married. It's yellowing pages have never been opened. It has moved with us 7 times, across 3 states, 13 years of post grad schooling, 2 kids, and a dog. It has no monetary value and very little sentimental value. I'm not a very sentimental person.
As I stood there, holding the paper, I started to think about why I've kept so many useless things. It's not that I won't remember that my friend gave this to me. I can tell you what every guest at our wedding gave us.
So, I tweeted my discontent and got a helpful tip from a friend:
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I have to agree. It isn't useful, beautiful, and I don't love it. I've just kept it mostly out of guilt. I've kept it just because every time I see it, I realize "well, I've kept it this long. It's a shame to toss it now." That isn't a good enough reason. So, I'm tossing it. So far, my word for the year - RELEASE - is working out quite nicely. I like where this is going.
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