If you choose to get rid of them, you must burn them. Throw yourself a party. Read some of your favorite entries. Then, toss them in the fire and don’t look back.
If you choose to keep them, put them on a shelf in a low-traffic area of your home and read them when the mood strikes. Don’t keep them in an inaccessible box like in a museum. Choosing to keep an object means that you’re choosing to have the object be a part of your life.
It got me thinking about things that I’ve saved that are not a part of my life. My current one, that is. In my attic there’s a lamp with custom shades that I adore but must be re-wired, some old oak dining chairs that need repair, scraps from my children’s baby clothes that I hope to make into a quilt someday (even though I don’t know how to quilt). And this.
We did have a dollhouse at one time, but my daughter slowly lost interest and the glue that held the wallpaper on slowly lost it's stick. We got rid of it, but kept the furniture, thinking that we’d get another one someday. What, I wonder, is the likelihood of that happening? About nil. Reading the Unclutter post made me realize that I need to purge or take action. (Back when I started this blog and put up my first post, I thought decluttering was going to be a major theme of my blog. Hahahahahahahaaaa! Do you believe that? So far only 2 tags!)
Here’s another heirloom from Grandma Lucy. I believe her name is Charlotte, and she is probably the most valuable doll I own.
The doll became mine when my great-grandmother Beatty (Lucy’s mother) died when I was about 8, and there was another doll with lighter hair that went to my cousin. Charlotte and the other doll never got passed on to us, though. Not for another 30 years when Grandma Lucy died. They stayed in the glass case in her living room. Every once in awhile I’d ask when the doll was going to truly be mine. “Soon,” she’d reply. “When you’re a little older.” Truth was, she loved those dolls and as long as she was enjoying them on display in her house every day, I saw no reason to change that.
And now, a bit of the ubiquitous Chaplin collection: the weird and somewhat disturbing looking
Bet you wish I'd kept that one hidden.
What about you? Do you have some tchotchke socked away that needs to see the light of day? We're up to letter E - why not join Pam-J and God Bless Ya'll Real Good and I on the 15th for the next round?