I have been heartlessly cleaning this past month.
Heartlessly, according to Merriam-Webster online, says the Simple Definition of heartless is: very cruel. Taking it a step further, the full definition of heartless says, "spiritless" or "lacking feeling.
Now I looked up "spiritless" as well, and MW says "lacking cheerfulness".
And that brings me full-circle to my gleaning.
Unfortunately, my father-in-law, to which I was very close, unexpectedly passed away in May, and my husband and I have been going through his belongings and closing down the household. It is amazing what some people keep for their whole lives, and interesting what they do not.
All of this inspired within me a need for MORE order, MORE organization, and LESS, LESS Stuff! Stuff is not the legacy I wish to leave my kids!!!
Now...going through one's belongings, memories kept for years, keepsakes, books, cards, letters...the good and the bad...well it can be simply wrenching.. I'm definitely lacking cheerfulness at times. Other moments, I'm cruelly throwing away keepsakes I've had for years, simply because....I DO NOT NEED THEM.
I think about how many times I actually look through my half a bookcase of recipe books. More often than not, I look things up online. So...how many books do I need? Probably just my very favorite ones.
Likewise, scrapbooks from plays I directed 20 years ago, award certificates from past jobs, a folder of news stories regarding a local fire....I'm cruelly throwing them out...or recycling.
Cassette lectures, VHS tapes that I never watch, outdated technology -- it's all going.
The Vietnam Veterans Association is stopping by on Monday for a special load of household items. I feel good that I'm making progress. I feel good that my "gleaning" will have me better organized, more apt to follow up leads, write the blog posts I've been meaning to, and just get on with the NEW things ahead of me, instead of saving some of the old things I frankly don't need to keep around anymore.
Instead of the popular commercial, "What's in your Wallet", I'm asking myself, "What's in THAT drawer?"
Out with yesterday's "stuff" and on to more effective organization and openness to what tomorrow brings. After all, I've got the space!
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