Yours, Mine and Ours, Post 2

I realize that when people are young, they are just starting to gather things. To collect and store and use.
But, then comes a time of realization. There are things that need to go.
And oh, how difficult it can be.

First of all, It's work.
Looking at each thing. Experiencing the memories.

However. Letting-go is part of life.

And we do it every day, without even realizing it.
There are things that we will never do again, or even think of again.

To make things easier. Think twice before keeping or buying things
at the old gift shop.  The rose from the prom, the Christmas cards from friends.
The thing, whatever it is, from the Great Aunt.
Don't you dare stick them in a drawer or closet.
Go through the mail before setting it down.

Did your husband keep his tux, uhhuh... get rid of the dress.
Well...maybe not.

But, It's gotta go sometime.

Every stinking thing that you bring into the house.
Will eventually leave the house.

Some people are into keeping stuff.

But for those that would like to sort it out,
I would like to share some tips...  to be continued.

Post #1

Yours Mine and Ours

Closets, garages, attics or basements are where we keep our useful and needed objects, right?

That's how it all begins. But, then we have a way of ignoring our the stuff in our usual surroundings.

Closets and even rooms become never never land.
Totes become full of ...stuff from another lifetime.
Elastic gets hard.
Fabric gets eaten by moths and musty.
Clothes no longer fit your body or lifestyle.
We shut the door on it all.

If things are not used-up, they will alternately disintegrate while not used.

That's what happens.

Who deals with it?  And how?

That's what I want to talk about.

The Usual

People often look at their usual surroundings and the brain no longer takes the time to really study their surroundings in a new way.
Piles of books, their clothes, the furniture, house, land, collections, and all the other things which they surround themselves, become the usual.
The way that we do things in our usual surroundings can becomes the usual way. The usual way begins to be what is, and this keeps us from seeing or doing in another way. We stop doing things outside our usual.
However if one makes a habit of going through things. A person then thinks about what is there, and makes room for some new growth. It keeps the mind a little more active and aware.
It's good to take stock of what we have and pass some things along to others, make into rags, find another use, or throw away.
It's good for people to go through all their things now and again. Get some help where needed.
For those that have had to clean out someone's house after they have died or are no longer able to take care of their belongings. You probably understand that what a person keeps and how it is kept can eventually become someone else's responsibility.
There are many good reasons for going through things and keeping them fresh and useable. People don't need to get overly weird about it. Just now and then take a look at the usual.