A couple of eye-openers happened very recently. First, I seriously wrenched my back while bending down to pick up a dustpan. Second, I turned 65 years old. Both of these events reminded me that there are limitations on this Earthly life.
For more than a week, I could only do the most basic of chores that did not require bending and stooping. Even sitting and walking took mindful planning in order to avoid pain.
Even though I’ve been decluttering two homes during the past year or so, It became apparent that I still have too much stuff to care for properly. Somehow soon, more stuff needs to go away.
The answer is not to buy more plastic tote containers to stash the stuff away. That would mean hiding stuff in the basement. Not only is doing so procrastinating, that also means the stuff will eventually have to come upstairs again to be dealt with properly. So, there will be more lifting and carrying. Could it mean another bout of lower back pain? I’m not getting any younger.
Today is Take Another Look Unlimited Day, so this problem has come into focus once again. This unofficial holiday is basically a day for us to perform another “spring cleaning”. It’s when we take another look at our excess stuff and determine whether to keep it, sell it, or give it away.
The totes in the basement contain enough nice things to supply a respectable eBay store. That might be a good partial solution. Some of the things probably wouldn’t sell on-line, but might go away at a garage sale. There are a few things that a friend might want. Much of it will either sell on consignment or be donated to a thrift store.
It’s easy to imagine how to get rid of more stuff. It’s not so easy actually following through to do so. There’s the emotional attachment to some of the things and there’s the real physical effort to take stuff out of storage.
At least, today, I will take another look at some of the things that simply must go.
The Blue Jay of Happiness ponders something from author/actor Karl Pilkington. “It’s interesting to see that people had so much clutter even thousands of years ago. The only way to get rid of it all was to bury it, and then some archaeologist went and dug it all up.”