The lesson from this week is two fold:
- One in and one out
- Bereavement does not mean you are tied to items forever.
Heavy topics, I know!
Let's start with the easier of the two: one in and one out. You will hear this all over when you read organizing books or listen to organizers speak and honestly, I say it all the time too…WHY? Because it is so true! Every time you bring something into your home, find it's counterpart that you are replacing and GET RID OF IT! Not replacing anything? Then find something else that you are not using and…GET RID OF THAT! Simple really ;-) So for me this week it was shoes. I am a thrifty person and needed some work shoes. I found two pair at great prices and found two pair that have been in my closet to get rid of. Honestly, I have not worn the pumps ever (more to come about those in the next section), and the other pair has not been worn in a long time. Adios zapatos!!!
OK, so the heavier of the two topics this week is bereavement. This week I let go of two items that I acquired after the death of loved ones. The pearl pumps were my grandmother's. She has been gone now just over two years and I miss her dearly. After she passed, I helped my mom sort through a lot of her home. In the process I brought many things home with me including these pumps. Honestly, they are not my style, they are brand new, and not comfortable. It was well past time to let them go, but because I put them on the top shelf of my closet, they were out of sight and out of mind. When I pulled them down, there was a little guilt about letting them go, but I know that she would not want me to keep them just because they belonged to her, she would want me to keep them because I loved them and used them, or they reminded me of her. None of those reasons rang true here, so I let them go.
The other item is the magnification tool from my aunt who we lost earlier this year. My mom thought my husband or I could use them but it turns out that neither of us found a need. They have been in my garage since and I feel guilty more about that than getting rid of them. She was a frugal woman who did not covet anything and would do anything to help others. So for her, I will pass on the tool so it can be loved an used by some one who can appreciate it.
Dedicated to Go-Go Grandma and Marilyn... Always loved and missed <3