Both Glenda and Laura have been busy these last few weeks with renovations to their homes which translates into a big spring cleaning and decluttering. Some of the decisions are very easy to make, others are more challenging. What about those clothes that we hope we’ll fit into once we lose 10 pounds? What about that beautiful tablecloth bought on a whim in Thailand eight years ago that is still waiting for the perfect occasion? What about that birthday present from a friend that you don’t really like but feel badly about ditching. Well, it’s time. When we prepare for the future, we never know what’s around the corner, but we can clean out the clutter from the past.
Although it’s good to let go of things, one of Laura’s friends told her “Don’t get rid of the stuff that tugs at your heart.” So as Laura goes through this process, she has items attached to memories that she can now pass along to other people, but the ones that tug on her heart will stay with her until the next decluttering.
Glenda likes to approach things with this in mind: if I’m not using it, maybe someone else will love it. She also realizes, that in the end, things are just things, and it’s our hearts and imagination that forms attachments. Although she loves to live in a home that is aesthetically pleasing, really, she may not need to keep all the items packed away in the cupboards. It can be a huge relief to say good-bye to things that stay in the dark.
There are many places to give items to: our children, our friends, charitable societies, or places like Covenant House that provide shelter for street kids. It’s worth exploring these options. For those of you who live in the Vancouver area, the Marpole Curling Club (Laura curls out of there) is having it’s annual Garage Sale on Saturday April 30th 7 Sunday May 1st from 9:00am – 3:30pm. Please come have a hot dog and browse at all the sale items.
Good luck on your spring cleaning. Who knows, with all that stuff out of the way, you might even have time to devote to Exit: The Life and Death Planner, making plans for the future.