Unclutter My Life. Day Five. The Wedding Planner

It seems that these posts have been inspiring readers to tackle the clutter in their lives too. My Unclutter book is now out on loan to a friend. Today I decided to tackle the hallway. As ever, I got distracted. By my wedding plans.

The Reception Station Before

I managed to clear/create the reception station. As I don’t have the unclutter book I have no idea what day or time of day I was supposed to do this. Monday I think.  It is Wednesday. And I started this 9 days ago. What I do know that this seems to be a daily task as everyone empties their lives into the hall on a daily basis.

The Reception Station After

It is also the place we put things that are on the way out of the house, such as books to return to the library, things we need to remember to take to work, or donations to take to charity shops. I am going to have to come up with a better solution to keeping this area clutter free.

I need distraction.

So I tackled the emotional task of letting go of paperwork I found when going through yet another shoe box that my mother had kept in her wardrobe. I put my wedding planning folder from 31 years ago in the recycling bin.

The table plan was fun as there were divorcees there with new partners and the aunts and uncles from one side of the family were not talking to each other.

Table Plan

And many people on this plan are no longer with us. Holding on to stuff that have happy memories can trigger sad thoughts too.

Wedding Picture

Seems crazy that Mom kept them for so long.

Wedding disco

Gathering dust.

Menu

Yet when I came across them the other day, I could not part with them immediately.

Stone Manor Hotel for your Special Day

I scanned them.

Wedding Stone Manor Bill

And finally in a mass sort out of paperwork I said goodbye to them.

Comparing the costs

It was tough. Why so we hold such attachment to such things?

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I guess that is why sometimes we need a friend to help us let go of stuff. Someone to hold them for us to stop us forming an attachment to them. To help us decide that we do not need a table plan and the receipt for the wedding cake from 31 years ago

Wedding cake

After all I still have my husband, most of the dinner set, some of the cutlery and the towels. Not bad for 31 years.

0 thoughts on “Unclutter My Life. Day Five. The Wedding Planner

  1. These few pages don’t take up any room. In a small leather suitcase I still have the list of wedding gifts my grandma received, in her own fair hand. Amongst other random details. The small suitcase was probably made by a relative, since they ran a leather shoppe. In another suitcase I have his work apron. But what irks me is my daughter dumping 2 bags in my living space every evening, after I’ve cleared away the 2 from the day previous.

    1. It was hard to let go, and yes they don’t take up much space. I think keeping thelist your grandma wrote is rather lovely, I have some letters from my grandmother that I will also scan in eventually and created a digital scrapbook. It all takes time. I am uncluttering as part of a long term plan to travel, so I won’t have any or very little storage space, so go they must. I was hoping an organised hall/reception station would make us all think about what we are dumping and put things where they belong. It is a daily task to keep it under control.

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