Sunday, September 16, 2007
Christmas Anytime You'd Like
Are any of you still decluttering your home? If so, this is for you. And for me too, certainly.
So this whole entire year I've been decluttering our house in anticipation of a possible move far, far away (as if you didn't already know that). When I began, I had approximately 600 books, down from at least 900 from previous times and years. Over and over I've weeded through my remaining books, holding each one in my hand, deciding its fate. Will it stay or go? Some books survived the first five cuts only to be cut during the sixth Great Weeding Of Books.
Somewhere I discovered an easier way to release not just my books, but pieces of furniture, dishes and various and sundry knick-knacks. The secret? I stay in a type of Christmas spirit. If I'm holding something I find neither beautiful or useful (as Willie Morris would instruct), I tell myself that someone 'out there' would love to come across this book/dish/painting/chair/soap dish/fake flower/purple sweater and fluorescent pink shoes at Salvation Army. Somebody Somewhere would be tickled by this kool-aid cup more than I am. Somebody would drive away from Salvation Army feeling as though their Day Was Made because they bought one of my collectible books for cheap.
And Somebody Somewhere just might consider that orange and brown crocheted afghan I've had in our blanket chest for eons a real-live answer to prayer.
After all, I know how often I've driven away from Salvation Army feeling all of the above.
So instead of viewing decluttering as a necessary evil or a good-for-me discipline, now I see it as a type of Christmas Anytime Of The Year. Anytime I wish, I can fling away to the wind and the world that which is cluttering my life while on this road to simplicity. Anytime I wish, I can give things away and release their annoying, mystic grasp upon me... and make someones day while lightening my load.
And that is turning this whole ordeal into just a plain good deal, instead. For me and for people I will never meet.
"Every man according as he purposes in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loves a cheerful giver." ... 2 Corinthians 9:7