My holiday season was filled with the urge to purge. I swept through the house like a cyclone, pulling things out to give away, sell, and discard. My daughter didn’t know what to think and my husband kept asking, “Are you sure you want to get rid of that?” If you feel like your home needs to be on a diet, you know exactly how I was feeling!
Today in our guest closet, I came across an authentic vintage Gucci purse my aunt purchased for my mother when she traveled to Rome about 45 years ago. It was still in the original soft dust cover and is still like new. It is burgundy in color and not really my style, but when mom died, I kept it.
Question #1 … “Why did I keep this?”
As I held it, inspecting its near “mint condition”, I wondered out loud why people hold on to things instead of actually using them. I can hear echoes of mom’s voice saying something like, “Oh, that is a very expensive handbag and I will only wear it on very special occasions.”
That memory led me to question #2 … “Why wait for special occasions?”
Why not throw caution to the wind
and enjoy the heck out of what you have,
regardless of the season or the reason?
When mom was living, it was up on the top shelf of her closet collecting dust. Funny how it ended up on my closet shelf collecting dust. Why would I hold on to things if I get no use or enjoyment out of them?
This brought me to a decision that honestly needed to be made … Will I ever use it, and do I love it so much that I can’t let go? NO and NO.
So the Gucci bag will be sold. Someone I adored kept it and she never enjoyed it. I never enjoyed it either. So this purse has led a very dull life!
Someone SHOULD enjoy it, even if it isn’t me.
In almost every estate I work in, we find the drawers filled with linens and candles galore. One day, my assistant said to me, as we were cleaning out a sideboard full of candles, “Wouldn’t it be a great idea if some of these people actually enjoyed using these things prior to their death? YES, it would; otherwise, what’s the point?
I have come to the conclusion that I won’t miss a thing that left my home in the past two weeks. My home has a new, light feel to it and I am enjoying that sensation.
Now if I would only shed a few pounds myself ….
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