Spring Cleanout Fever: The Four Steps
Our town offers free collection of trash and other discarded goods the week after holidays. With the Easter week collection coming up and our desire to complete as much decluttering as possible as quickly as possible, we were on fire today, pulling out boxes and collections of frames and art and folders of work from my previous career, and boxes of files and paperwork from the various stages of our lives. Made everything as simple and direct as possible: large contractor bags, and bam bam bam decisions about what to put in them. The guidelines were simple:
1. Keep the love, get rid of the stuff. A great way to reduce mementos and gifts we cannot use.
2. If “someday” hasn’t come around in the past couple of years, it probably isn’t going to ever come around. Our circumstances have changed in so many ways that we are not the same people we were even two years ago. It is time to let go of hobbies and projects we are not well-situated to finish or even to take up again.
3. Offer our work on regional projects to the local archives, then chuck what they don’t want. Don’t be precious–or burden our heir.
4. And for the love of everything good in the world, don’t accumulate so much crap again
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