Saturday, June 6, 2009

We can probably use those dolls for parts and other challenges of stuff removal

When we got married in 2001 we merged two households. My household included kids and all the things that goes along with kids. I am so bad about holding on to things, otherwise known as stuff, that even though my kids are in their twenties and I have a new grandson, I still have baby stuff from over twenty years ago. I don't know why I hold on to things and why it is so hard to let go.

Recently I took two dolls to a local "doll hospital" to donate them. They told me they could probably use them for parts. I gasped. What! Then I had to step back and remember the dolls were actually my sister's. I had them in storage for years and years. I even had them in my trunk for over a year when I tried to give them back to her and she said they weren't hers. I guess she is finally getting a grip on letting go of things or she is letting go of her memory. :-)

After having the dolls in a trunk for the whole year after my sister refused them, I was standing there in the doll hospital aghast at the idea that these poor dolls would be turned into parts. Time to let go. I have to say it was pretty disturbing seeing those dolls in the trunk for a year. Can you believe that? A whole year went by. Well, I did walk away and let the dolls go. It still tugs at me a little bit.

We have taken so much stuff to a local charity and recycling center that I almost hate to go in there any longer. It's downright embarrassing. So the endeavor to live a more simple life and to rid our lives of clutter has caught me in the clutch of a problem I was not facing, that of holding on to stuff that I should have released years ago so that someone else could benefit. I also think twice about buying more stuff, especially on vacation when I think that a few souvenirs would be nice. So now I realize I have several fronts from which to fight the battle against Stuff and live a cleaner, simpler life...the front of old clutter, new clutter, and finding ways to live in harmony with the natural world.

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