I received this story from Claire at the bottom of a long list of comments to Wednesday’s post. It is a cautionary tale of a near catastrophe all in the attempt to save some meaningless stuff. She learned more than one lesson through this experience. One is don’t risk your neck to save something far less important, and the other, sometimes you must make a choice of what is more important in your life. In her case the choice was pets or stuff likely to be damaged by said pets. Here is what Claire wrote.
“Colleen, I have a decluttering story I don’t know where to post but knew someone here would appreciate! Â It goes along with a recent comment where we were discussing how many vases we all have in a different post. Â I remarked that we have five vases that I could think of and could probably get rid of one or two of those. Â
Well, last night at 11 pm my cats decided to chase each other onto the dining room table which they have done several times since I have been letting them play together (one is 2 years old and one is 6 months). Â I have two matching vases on the dining room table – I used to have three but the 2 year old knocked one off when he was 6 months old…..and then there were two.
Well, as you can guess the cats knocked over both vases last night and I spun around from the kitchen sink to see this and ran into the dining room, about a distance of only 10 ft. Â The vases were rolling across the dining table – when I bit the dust and slipped on our polished concrete floors. Â I landed on my leg, rear and bad arm. Â Thankfully my husband was running in from the other room and caught both vases before they hit the concrete. Â I sat on the floor another 5 minutes laughing and crying. Â It was pretty comical – if it hadn’t hurt so much! Â I’m lucky to be just a bit sore today but I cringe at how close I came to hitting my head on the stone countertop or corner of the glass dining table. Â
Here’s the decluttering part – I KNEW this would happen! Â I knew someday the cats would knock over one or more of those vases again and just assumed that at most I would lose another vase and would have to clean up 1,000 pieces of pottery from the concrete floor. That would have been bad enough. Â But I didn’t calculate that one or two of us would be risking our neck to run to catch them. Â Something told me when the first one broke that the others were an accident waiting to happen, I should have gotten rid of them then. Â So last night, when I finally got up off the floor, I put both of those vases in a box in the give away pile! Â Bummer is, I still think they are pretty and really like them! Â They are just too unstable for a house with cats. Â Lesson is, I guess, what you think might happen probably will, and might even come with a consequence or two that you didn’t imagine! Â Stuff isn’t worth a broken bone or worse……”
Have you ever encountered a clash between lifestyle choices andÂ your home setup ~ pets and breakables on display, kids and pale carpet, allergies and furnishings, furniture andÂ floorspace, kitchen gadgets and cupboard space, fashion and closet size, husband and decor choices (ha ha), laziness and tidiness, convenience and order… .Â Â No matter what the situation there areÂ choices to be made. We need to decide what is more important to us and then take the necessary steps to act of those choices. For Claire it was the cats, the vases or be prepared to clean up the mess rather thanÂ risk life and limb the next time the cats are up to mischief. I sure, she loves the cats, and it is hard not to act on impulse in the face of calamity so the safest thing to do was to declutter the vases. Yes she could store them in a cupboard somewhere, but for what? To bring them out when there areÂ flowers to displayÂ and add extra potential mess to the inevitable. I don’t think so.
So be realistic about what is most important to you. There are always compromised to be made. Consider all those compromises when choosing what to keep in your home. I know I would choose piece of mind over stuff any day.
Today’s Mini Mission
If you have stuff stored under beds in your home take a look and see if you can find something there to declutter.
â€œIf we do not feel grateful for what we already have, what makes us think weâ€™d beÂ happy withÂ more?â€ â€” Unknown