You are so right about throwing things away = clarity of mind!
Last week, I took 4 boxes containing 160 of my Dad's LPs to the thrift store. I realized that I was never going to sell them one by one. So I made a detailed list, and got a…"
"Good heavens, Katie! Boy, are you hard on yourself! You're NOT The Keeper of the Objects. As it stands now, they're the keepers of you! Good thing they let you hang around! No, seriously, this was an extremely entertaining blog - what a…"
I'm afraid to give the potpourri to the elderly. The instructions say, "keep away from children and animals." While old people aren't specified, it still might send them into a downward spiral of aggravated dementia. All…"
"Thank you for writing. You gave me a laugh when you talked about the poor lady finding more stuff on her free table!! That's priceless. I dare you to do it!! Hey, put the potpourri in a plastic bag and take to a nursing home. They need prizes…"
""Did I mention the two non-recyclable containers that originally contained 50 dinner rolls, and would make PERFECT cake storage?"
Okay, so yesterday I attended a pot luck, and when figuring out what to bring, I decided to use one of my…"
"Take a photo of your cluttered room. There is no greater reality check. If you're still dragging your feet on dealing with the mess, then use this guerilla tactic on yourself: import the image of your cluttered room to your computer and make it…"
"Thanks, Meme! I hope it doesn't matter to go out of order in the book, because my office is what's really sapping my energy right now, with piles of papers.
Years ago, I had a job where I was a very very productive employee. But my office…"
"hugs- you are very brave to write all this and you do have great insight of where you are right now- I could have written this 2 or 3 years ago---and even still battle the keep it in case at times- I realized one day that I could not keep or use it…"
"Dear Karol - I'm sure that is so disheartening, applying for 40 jobs. Could you consider making your own job?
That takes some creative thinking. You could keep applying, but in between, work on something of your own. Think of something that you…"
"Hire a teenager. Seriously. Tell the teen how you want the pictures sorted. For instance, make a box of photos that look like they should be tossed (bad exposures, out of focus, etc.) Sort them by era. The teenager will have fun with this -- the…"
"There is no way, at this point, that I could throw out half-bottles of shampoo. I cleared out some drawers in my bathroom the other day, and I'm using the shampoo and then recycling the bottles.
I had even saved a bunch of tiny remains of bars…"
When I can get perspective on my life, I realize that I have made myself The Keeper of the Objects.I find it very hard to let go of usable things.If I can give them away, fine. But throwing them out is difficult.For instance -- how am I going to get rid of lacy undergarments? I can't give them away to Goodwill. They've hardly ever been worn, but they've been worn enough that I can't give them to someone else.. I'll never wear them again. They're taking up space in my underwear drawer, and when…See More