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It’s coming. The day when you have to move out of the house you are in and not just downsize, but really downsize. The day when you move into that cozy, tiny, one bedroom, retirement apartment. Or really tiny bedsitter. Or the dreaded room you share with some stranger.
Okay, it’s not coming for a long time for me. But as I help my folks downsize it makes me want to do it all now. Get rid of the junk, streamline my life. All those pillow forms I purchased just waiting to be stuffed into pillowcases I quilted with all the left over scraps of fabric? Gone!
Yes, it’s true. Watching my parents labor to move into an apartment that’s less than half of what they’ve been living in for the last forty years has driven me to get rid of things. And the first things to go are the crafts. I have tons of craft stuff. Things I was really enthusiastic about for a year or two and then something else took its place and now I have twelve large totes of unused craft supplies. It will all be going soon.
I started with the fabric because truthfully, some of those projects are just never going to get finished. Half sewn dresses that are way out of style. Entire baby quilts that just need quilting. (Okay I kept those, I will get out that needle and quilt them!) But what about all those clothes from 1990 that I might fit into someday? Are they really out of style?
And what about all those things my parents have passed on to me? You see, in an effort to hang on to stuff they find important, they attach importance on to an item and hand it to a child. Then it will go on, in someone else’s house for generations. That’s a true talent. How to have your children hang on to your stuff for you. I have no space for their stuff. I want to get rid of my stuff!
So I’m starting now. I am taking books to the used book store and I have a charity pick up on Monday. My goal is to clean out so I can do something useful in my basement, like raise my own organic mushrooms. Now that’s a hobby!
What’s lurking in your basement, attic, shed? Do you have clothes from the 90’s, 80’s, 70’s? Is it time to say, “NO MORE!” or are you having sympathy pains for those people on Hoarders?
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