50 years is a long time no matter how you look at it.
50 years in one house makes me wonder if it is just too long. Don’t get me wrong. I am impressed with folks who manage to have the determination to stay in one place.
Recently, I put my house on the market. As I have written, I have been decluttering for almost a year now. I didn’t think I had much to get rid of until I started to hear some of our client’s voices echoing in my head.
- I forgot I had that all that china? Wow, look at this. I now have a collection of cream and sugars.
- That electric blanket doesn’t work but it is still a good blanket.
- Move that pile off the chair and have yourself a seat.
- There is no room in that closet, but just shove it in there and close the door fast!
- I am going to fix that sometime soon.
- No, I am keeping those shoes. I rarely wear them because they hurt my bunion, but they are brand new and so pretty.
- Those pants cost me a fortune at Eaton’s. I just have to lose a little bit of weight to fit in them.
- Yes, I need those shovel handles. You never know when one of the others will break.
- What do you mean, “What am I going to do with that one sheet of shingle?” The roof might leak!
- When you take the nails out of those old boards, just put them in this jar where I keep all the bent and rusted ones.
- Ally was six when she lost that tooth. It is so cute. Look how small it is! Did you know she is a teacher now?
- It was a gift. I can’t get rid of it. Why she ever thought I would use such a thing is beyond me.
Some of these are in jest. But are you nodding your head? We all do it!
Sell it. Donate it. Recycle it. Throw it out.