Monday, 21 March 2011

40 Bags Update

I am motoring along with my Lent mission - today is the 11th day  (Sundays don't count for Lent) and I'm almost on track.  I've disposed of 3 bags from the linen cupboard, 3 bags from the study, 1 bag from the bathroom cabinet and 1 bag from the filing cabinet.  I still have 3 bags to go to be up to date which will be caught up easily when I continue on with the study this week.

The most interesting thing about this project is the decisions about what to keep and what to let go of.  I am somewhat of a hoarder particularly when it comes to memorabilia. I have already accumulated a large collection for Noah and he's not even 3. I think it stems from the fact that my parents seemed to be the opposite and I was always envious of people whose parents had kept every drawing, every home-made card, school projects, toys,  books and even baby clothes.  I have spent a great deal of time as an adult searching for books that I loved as a child and restocking my bookshelves with them.

Wanting to eliminate 'stuff' from our lives means I am having to challenge my ideas of what is important.  I have boxes filled with diaries, photos and old letters from boyfriends and high school friends (before everyone just face booked and emailed).  My husband and I have been together for 9 years and I'm sure my kids will never be interested in my life before Daddy so I guess it's time to throw them away.  Or is it??  They are a part of my history, a part of what makes me who I am.  I never look at them except when the annual spring clean comes around and then I have a flick through and they take me back to different times and different life experiences which I really enjoy.

I'm stuck on this one, I think I'll have to give it more thought.  I'd hate to regret my decision and one day wish I had kept it all.  This my friends is the catch cry for every hoarder 'What if I need/want it one day'??!!!!!

What do you think??

1 comment:

  1. I've faced this dilemma. I went through and sorted out which are the memories I'd like to keep - so the letters that were about a schoolgirl fight were tossed and the ones about how fabulous a weekend was were kept. But then going through them again a few years later they get culled back even more to just a few precious memories. It's definitely hard.


Hi thanks for sharing your thoughts with me. It is nice to know someone is listening.


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