Should It Stay or Should It Go   Leave a comment


My recent move has given me the opportunity to sort through many boxes, files, and possessions.  I can say that while I do not find this type of work enjoyable, I am somewhat grateful for the push to do something which I should do on a much more regular basis.  My task as I go about this work is to determine one of the following:  should I keep it, should I store it, or should I throw it away.  (Hence, the reason for the title of today’s post.)  For some items, this is a very easy sort but for others it becomes much more difficult.

This process has led to a variety of discoveries….

  1. I need to do a purging of items on a much more regular basis
  2. I need to do a better job of discerning what is important and what is not.
  3. I need to move toward electronic storage of more items at much quicker pace.
  4. There are treasures which I forgot I even had.
  5. My shredder is older than I thought.
  6. I am more sentimental than I care to admit.
  7. I may suffer from a mild case of OCD.
  8. The item you take to storage suddenly becomes the item you wish you had at the house.
  9. This process takes much longer than is desirable.
  10. You sometimes have to create a mess to clean up a mess.
  11. There will be light at the end of the tunnel and if you get through more boxes, there will no longer be a tunnel.

Like many things in life, this type of work can teach you a lot.  I would like to hear from you, my readers, about your experiences in a process like this.  Also, if you have any tips on how to reduce possessions, please feel free to pass those along.

Last, I want to share the song with you that is now running through my head because of this post.

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