Linda hosts Stream of Consciousness Saturday. This week’s prompt is “toss.” Use it any way you’d like. Enjoy!
I am currently in a state of purging items from my home. Being retired means all the time in the world to look at everything around my space. As a typical consumer, I have way more stuff than I need in almost every room of my house. I began decluttering a couple of years ago. I proudly removed items by gifting them, by donating them, and by tossing things that were not good enough to donate.
Last winter I finally shed tons of pierced earrings. I asked family and friends if they could use them. My ears have been closed for at least 10 years so it made no sense to hold on to the jewelry. I went through every pair to try and make sure the recipient would enjoy the gifts. It made me happy and hopefully, gave them some joy.
I am in the process of cleaning out my bookcases in the dining room. I adore my wall to wall oak bookcase. It was a gift of labor and time from my brother and then fiance. (now spouse) They built it specifically to not only hold books, but also my salt and pepper collection. As my collections grew I needed more shelves than I had planned for.
Here lies the conundrum. I managed to donate three boxes of books to a thrift store and one box will be sent to my cousin. A few single books will be sent to loved ones. I still need to purge more, but it is a process.
However, I still have way too many salt and pepper shakers. I have been collecting them for 48 years. I don’t want to just toss them, because that seems wrong. I have a friend who sells things on EBAY. I asked if she has time to sell them and she is debating it now. I would love to gift them, but most people I know are downsizing and are not interested in adding things to their homes. I hope to spend this weekend taking down the collections, cleaning them, and then deciding their fate. I don’t have an exact number to keep or toss. I will hold them and decide if they should leave my shelves or stay.