In a comment this week Dizzy suggested I republish this post because she thought it was an oldie but a goodie. And since I seem to be having a hard time getting my act together this week after being away all weekend I thought I would comply to her suggestion. I actually enjoyed it when I reread it and thought you might all enjoy it too. So without further ado here it is.
Day 243 Memory clutter
There is one thing or actually a big group of things in my home that are looking down the barrel of being decluttered before the 365 days are up. The group in question are my old sports trophies. I have mentioned these before and still haven’t done anything about them but the day of reckoning is coming.
Trophies come under the same banner as souvenirs and little trinkets that serve no other purpose but to remind you of days gone by. They scream “look what I did”, “look where I’ve been” and maybe even the sad cry of “I’m living in the past”. Personally unless your future appears dull and you aren’t likely to create any new achievements or live any new adventures do you really need to live in the past.
No matter what your age or circumstance you always have the ability to make new memories, achieve something new and possibly visit new places. My bad shoulder may have put an end to my softball and indoor cricket days but there are plenty of interesting things to do with my time like reaching out to a world of people with my blog to name just one.
Sure these old adventures and achievements are worth remembering but they weren’t so dull that you need clutter to constantly remind you of those days. I know I don’t need my trophies to remind me of the good times I had with old friends and the individual set of talents I had that contributed to our sporting achievements. I will always remember those days and the great lessons learned from some wonderful coaches and mentors. I just don’t need to dust those memories every week.
I will however get my husband to photograph the trophies and I may even save the little plaques from the front of each of them but even then I expect I will rarely look back at those photos but they will be there just in case.
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It wasn’t until May this year that I finally decluttered the trophies. Why did it take so long? Because with the 365 approach to decluttering I did it when I was good and ready. When a good method of disposal presented itself I grabbed it with both hands and sent them to be recycled by the trophy store near my house. I don’t know how much of them they used but it was a better option than just throwing them in the trash.
Today’s Declutter Item
And here is another piece of memory clutter from way back. This flower press holds some flowers that my husband gave me before we were married. Being as we have been married for almost 24 years I think we have created enough new memories that we don’t need to cling to these old ones.
Something I Am Grateful For Today
I watched American Pickers tonight and saw the agony on one old guys face parting with two very special bikes. I am so grateful I am not attached to my stuff like that. These people must go to there grave with thousands of dollars worth of stuff left behind for someone else to deal with.
“In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.” Brother David Steindl-Rast