The last week I have come face to face with a LOT of memories.
My office is the catch all for junk. Wool, bits of paper, photographs, they all end up there. I decided to try something different. Normally I dust vacuum and tidy. Then I forget about it for a couple more months.
The agenda for this year includes moving. When, How? I’m not sure. I just know I am moving. Cleaning before moving is a different experience.
I have spent more time on a single bookcase than I usually do on the entire room.
Going through decades of “stuff”. Deciding what to keep or what to release.
It has been a bittersweet journey. Realizing that things I thought I couldn’t live without are covered with years of dust. Some of it I forgot I even had.
The good memories are mainly from the photo albums. For those too young to know what those are, photo albums are where you kept pictures before the cloud.
I found pictures of parents, grandparents, great grandparents. Pictures of brothers and sisters. Pictures of aunts and uncles that are more like brothers and sisters to me.
I saw pictures of the birth of my youngest Godchild. Pictures of the day I brought my first cat home from the shelter. He was so skinny. Pictures of my cats and my friends. A trip down memory lane.
For me the pictures are absolutely something to keep. My research books, knitting and crochet pattern books are also staying. My favourite novels maintain their value.
Momentos are those things that you keep to remind you of places you’ve been. My moments seem to be from my 30 year corporate career. Pens, tape, the things you acquire over that many years. Other momentos are the stationary I bought when I first opened my office.
OK so I confess, I am a stationary addict. The manager of the local Staples rubs her hands in glee when I walk in the door.
I Don’t Remember This
Some of my happier finds are the first draft of my book Buried Treasure:Finding Enchantment Within. Yes it is available from Vibrant Publishing. Oddly they list it as a book about personal de-cluttering!
I found my poetry, book starts and ideas. I even found a drawing for a blanket I designed at least 15 years ago.
What I Learned
Some of the pictures I found show my place without the 21 years of “stuff” I have accumulated. I long for the days of less stuff. I realized that so much of what I am storing could be used if I let it go. Other things should be put to rest.
There is a thing called Swedish Death Cleaning. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter is available at Amazon.ca. Just click the link. It is a way to streamline your possessions so that your kids don’t have to be buried in your stuff. I like the idea. I have already cleaned this office but I honestly think I could go back over it again and get rid of a lot more. After all you can’t take it with you!
Oh well, one step at a time.
About Me: I spent 30 years in a corporate career. When I was retired by the company I wrote a book, became a hypnotherapist and started using my degrees in herbalism for blogging and writing another book.