“whenever possible keep it simple” cont…

It’s a good thing we have a holiday weekend coming up, because my apartment is a disaster area. I would take a picture but it’s pretty bad, and like they always say if you can’t say/do something nice don’t say/do anything at all. B

I will say my closets are organized though and Mary at goodwill has told me she loves my taste. I’m still wondering if the dishes I dropped off will make it to the floor. They were a last years discounted 5 place setting for 12 people, beautiful china with an elegant gold leaf design infused with tiny pastel flowers on the rim.

The box was completely busted and Mike bet me that there was at least one broken plate, but somehow the china was completely intact. I’ll miss that china but it had ex-relationship residue. Now my ex-china, towels, sheets and a few other things will hopefully find a good home.

While I’m still trying to follow my neighbor Jillian’s advice about letting go of what isn’t beautiful, joyful or useful I will say it’s hard to let go sometimes. I realize that possessions are only stuff and that the memories will stay with me, but the stuff is part of what jogs the memories. The books bought with my mother, the clothes bought with friends, the nick knacks bought with exes, Jilly keeps telling me that all of it is taking up space and needs to be removed.

She likened it to pruning a plant, but I don’t have a green thumb and plant metaphors are lost on me. What I do know is that I’m looking forward to the upcoming yard sale at one of my coworkers churches this weekend, it’ll be one more pile gone. Most of my belongings have been categorized, valued, priced and sorted so right now all that’s left is my eBay and library piles.

Hopefully after this weekend is over I will have followed my cookie and simplified. While I’m sure there are more areas to simplify still, the physical is probably the easiest.

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