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.
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.
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.
And many people on this plan are no longer with us. Holding on to stuff that have happy memories can trigger sad thoughts too.
Seems crazy that Mom kept them for so long.
Yet when I came across them the other day, I could not part with them immediately.
I scanned them.
And finally in a mass sort out of paperwork I said goodbye to them.
It was tough. Why so we hold such attachment to such things?
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
After all I still have my husband, most of the dinner set, some of the cutlery and the towels. Not bad for 31 years.