Monday, July 25, 2016

Junk in the Trunk

We all have a lot of junk in the trunk, or the attic, or the basement, or the garage.  It just accumulates.  When it comes time for moving or giving yourself more space, it then hits you upside the head.  The question then is why in the world did I hang on to this stuff?  What purpose does it have?

Now, I am not talking about valuable type collectibles such as Barbie dolls, vinyl records, comic books, etc.  I am simply talking about old dishes, silverware, clothes that are no longer worn due to out of style and not fitting, pictures, pillows and other houseware items.  Over the years these boxes pile up and we all have the tendency to say to ourselves that one day we will get to it.

Usually, that day is called moving day.  The time that you know you are downsizing or a job has taken you to another location is when you discover just how much junk you have managed to accumulate.  Truly, most of it would have been welcomed by the Salvation Army or Goodwill.  They still will have open arms for most of your junk, it is just now you will have many more trips to make. Or perhaps you think that you may have a yard sale and come up with a few extra bucks.  Unless you have usable children items or some possible antique things, you will be lucky to come out with fifty to seventy five dollars and a lot of work pricing and staging the whole process.  

At this point, I would like to add that there is another place where junk can build up.  Think about it for a moment.  It is not material things; it is thoughts, ideas, facts, judgmental positions and even untruths that may have come your way through gossip and hearsay.

Some things, yes, you may want to hang on to for future references. (This is what I use Google for.) My husband and I have this discussion often.  He can rattle off so many trivia facts that I often ask him why does he hold on to this information?  Make room for new and important stuff, like which store is having a shoe sale the next weekend.  

Let go of some of those preconceived ideas so that you can go into new relationships with an open and fresh mind set. Spring cleaning can come in many forms.   

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