A few days ago I had a message from a reader who loved my motto,”Just Get Rid Of It.”
The writer explained the great benefits of creating good digital photos of the memories then just getting rid of the stuff. Digital photos don’t take up space…
That same day I saw pictures of art created from someone’s mother’s old costume jewelry. That writer loved having all the memories collected into a compact and beautiful piece.
And once I knew someone who would get rid of the trappings of time past by carefully burning them while praying for those who had gone on.
The interesting thing is the writer had picked up that “motto” from a story in which I was writing about the difficulties of Just Getting Rid Of Stuff when opinions within a family may differ about the trash vs. the treasures.
On the other hand, I do tend to be unsentimental about physical emblems of my history; these days I do tend to get rid of stuff before it becomes clutter. The important thing for each declutterer, I believe, is to honor the memories, and all who share them, while releasing the stuff.
A few weeks ago an old friend offered me my first job as a decluttering consultant. Literally. She started the conversation by asking what I would charge to come help her dispatch stuff from two homes and some outbuildings in preparation for putting the property on the market…
WELL! The imp on my shoulder immediately assured me that I am a SCHOLAR of decluttering, a pundit, a writer of blogposts! and not someone who would actually go into the business physically decluttering other people’s stuff! The apprentice imp beside him whispered reminders that I shouldn’t forget that still have three more deep storage areas of my own to tend to this summer!
Of course I’m heading out to help my friend!
She’s my FRIEND…
By the time you read this I will be off in a land with only spotty Internet, helping her to sort a lifetime of belongings memories into Things to Sell, Things to Donate, Things to Store (Because the Kids SAID They Want Them), a very few Things to Keep, and Things to Trash.
But I do NOT intend to make a business of this….
(“SURE you don’t!!!!!,” jibes the imp on my shoulder.)