February 2010 Newsletter

This months’s theme: Questionable purchases, and letting things go                      

Organizing Quote of the Month

Cleaning my room (or desk, closet…) often ends up with coming across an object that makes me stop and think, Jesus, why did I buy that? It can be any number of things — a hat, a pen, a book, a pair of shoes I haven’t seen since I bought them, brought them home and put them deep in the closet. But the reaction is almost always the same — why did I buy that?

The answer of course is YOU didn’t buy it — THEY did. The guy you were that day back in history who saw the hat and thought for whatever reason it needed to be added to his life. Maybe what we’re really asking is How could I ever have been the kind of person who would want something like this?

— Jonathan Carroll, quoted with permission

Tip of the Month: The many reasons to let things go

Sometimes we get rid of things because our lives have fundamentally changed. We no longer have infants, so we don’t need the infant clothes, toys or furniture. We’ve changed jobs — and don’t expect to go back to the old type of job anytime soon — and don’t need the wardrobe associated with that old job.

Sometimes we get rid of things because our space has changed. We’ve moved into a new home or office, and things fit differently.

Sometimes we get rid of things because our expectations of ourselves have changed, and we feel free to own things that support the lives we really live, rather than some idea of how our lives “should” be.

And sometimes we get rid of things just because our personal style has changed – and what used to be a beloved object is no longer beloved. We no longer like the same clothing, accessories, art work. Or maybe we now prefer to have a more spacious look, to surround ourselves with fewer things. Such changes are natural; it would be pretty odd if our tastes stayed exactly the same over our lifetimes!

I’ve lived in my home for over 20 years now, and I just pulled out some old photos to remind me of what’s changed. Here’s one of the changes: I no longer own two large teddy bears. Another change is a lamp that’s long gone, given to a dear friend. It fits her style; it no longer fits mine.

So here’s a reminder: It’s OK — in fact, it’s often wise — to get rid of something that is still “perfectly good” if it no longer brings you joy. Someone else will cherish it, so send it back out into the world to find that person.