Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom
Recently I spent Sunday looking at open houses. All of the houses were clean and nicely presented, and all of the garages were full of stuff. In some houses, the stuff in the garage was unpacked; in others, it was already in boxes. Boy, oh boy, did all these folks have a lot of stuff. I asked each of the real estate agents why the owners were selling. There was a divorce, a job loss, an unexpected opportunity to buy a nicer house in the same neighborhood, and a new business starting in a different part of the country. For the most part, the need to move took these families somewhat by surprise.
Back in March, when my husband was unexpectedly presented with a new job possibility, I asked if we should have our houses decluttered enough to move at the drop of the hat. (You can refresh your memory here.) As a group we decided that there was decluttering for everyday life, and even more severe decluttering for moving.
Now I’m reflecting on this again. None of these families saw the move coming more than a month or two in advance. When Dan and I got married we did have a fair amount of time to plan our move. Later when we moved to our current house, it happened more suddenly. I was pregnant with our second child and thought we needed an additional bedroom. Also, we lived very close to the freeway, and there was talk of expanding the freeway two additional lanes. Dan still says my thinking was addled by hormones, but when I decided we were moving, it happened pretty fast.
You don’t need to add “have a garage sale and get rid of 20 years worth of stuff” to your to-do list if life throws you a curve or a great opportunity. Getting rid of things that you no longer need, want, or value will allow you to negotiate the still and rough waters of life with more ease and grace.
Today’s Declutter Item
I am not sure why it took so long for this calculator to come to my notice but I am sure glad it did because it fetched a nice $41.00 on eBay.
Something I Am Grateful For Today
My little boy turned 20 today which reminds me how grateful I am that he recovered so well from his accident last year. I am also grateful for how close he and his sister are. They have a lot to bind them together both as sibling and as friends.