Give Your Clutter Away
As I try to put more order in my life the first thing I need to do is to clean up my room and give my clutter away. I confess I am a bonafide, certified, professional pack rat. I am a keeper aka collector of things I like (translation: I overbuy) like books for example, so much so that there is hardly anymore space in my room for storage. My books are from wall to wall, old clothes in plastic bins one on top of the other, and paper...lots of it. It's embarassing but I get sentimental over things I feel is part of my memory, so I keep them. I also have this habit of keeping old stuff which includes school notes, researches etc...just in case I, or someone in the family may need them for reference in the future. Bottom line, I really do not know how to throw away anything.
But now, as I go through another life changing experience, I finally realize that all these holding on to stuff accumulated through the years are actually proof that part of me still lives in the past. So, I decided it's time to move on and start cleaning up.
There are two practical ways on how to do this. One is to have a yard sale and the other is to give away the things to people who might need them. Since I have very poor business sense (I would not know how to put a price on my used things, which are not of the signature kind anyway), the give-away idea appealed to me especially when the season of giving is about to start and I cannot afford to buy anybody a gift. I have relatively unused things in storage...like sunglasses, bags, clothes that no longer fit (yes, I gained weight!), and high heels that are no longer practical for me to use.
|the first ones to go...|
My plan is to put all the things I am giving away in separate boxes and invite close relatives to have a first look and if they see something they want, they can have it...whatever is left will be given away to other people who may want or need them. As for my beloved books...well, I have donated books in the past like my Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys collection...although I admit that I held on to them till I was in my 30's and had to unload only because we were moving into a smaller house...heheh. And so, if I give books away, I want them to go to a good home (I know, I know...books are inanimate objects). Last week, I learned that the building being built in the grounds of a local school will house the new city library which will open in January. I already talked with the City Librarian about the possibility of donating my books there and he was very happy about it. Well, I too am happy because I know that my books will be read and put to good use...and in a new library too!
Dare I say...all's well that ends well :)