Purging

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In the process of letting go, you will lose many things from the past, but you will find yourself. ~ Deepak Chopra

Yesterday, my daughter and her family came over for their monthly visit to help us clean out the clutter in our home.  Living in a house for 30 years can pack in the possessions.  We are not moving or downsizing; we already live in a small home, but  getting rid of things we don’t use is already making it feel much larger. I know Angela realizes that doing some of these tasks can be difficult for Chuck and me these days, but I also think she doesn’t want to deal with so much “stuff” when we are gone either.

Yesterday, we tackled the dining room and a closet.  You might not think that would be a large job, but it took a long time.  I have two boxes and a tote bag of various items plus a bag started with coats to donate.

Yesterday, I realized that we can’t keep everything; we have to let some things go.  After all, just how many cut glass candy dishes can one person use?  I had so many candles and plates and knick knacks that I hadn’t seen in years.  They were just taking up room in the drawers and server shelves.

Yesterday, I gave away things that previously I didn’t want to part with.  It wasn’t hard.  There were only a few things that I had to really think about or persuade my daughter and son–in-law to let me put in the keep pile.  I was proud of how quickly I could just say donate or trash.

Yesterday, I made space in my home and in my life for things that may be coming my way in the future. I’ve decided to only let in what I really need and and let go of the rest.

Happy Sunday!

12 thoughts on “Purging

  1. I love how your intro alluded to the fact that maybe by purging, you had more energy to write!
    So good of your daughter to help. Often seeing things through another’s eyes helps us see it more clearly. Glad you have fewer cut-glass candy dishes- great detail!

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  2. It is hard to part with some things, but it sounds like you did a great job and accomplished a lot. It’s also interesting that some of the things you gave away you were not ready to part with earlier. For everything…there is a time.

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  3. I love the sentence, “Yesterday, I made space in my home and in my life for things that may be coming my way in the future.” I’ve been watching Tidying Up by Marie Kondo lately, and it’s helped me to think about why I hold onto things. Having a couple of boxes/bags to donate is a wonderful feeling! Great work and great Slice!

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    1. My daughter and I had some real belly laughs over some of the things I had kept. We also had fun taking pictures of those things and texting various family members so they too could enjoy the laughter!

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  4. A task such as cleaning out our house, can also mean so much more. I love what you stated at the end “I made space in my home and in my life for things that may be coming my way in the future. I’ve decided to only let in what I really need and and let go of the rest”. That ties right in with Chopra’s quote that you began with! Thank you for sharing…now I need to go clean out a room in my house! 🙂

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