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Throw it Away!

Throw it Away!

We have so many things in our house that we don’t need and we don’t use. I have three children dropping all of it all over my floors twenty-four hours a day so I may see it a little more often, but whether you can see it or not…I bet you have a lot too. There is a theory that these additional things actually drag us down and limit our potential. I believe at some point I actually saw a book on the subject. I have to agree that it is true, because every time that I go through the house throwing stuff away it delivers an automatic pick me up, and I instantly feel better than I did before.

Earlier today I looked down at my bathroom floor and saw one of those toe separator thingies  that women use for pedicures. To begin with, it is ridiculous that one of these is even in my home; I never use them, and consider them akin to medieval torture devices. I don’t ever do my toes. It was probably a gift or something that my daughter left on the floor after she went rooting through my drawers. The funny thing is that my first instinct was figure out which drawer it belonged in. When I realized what I was doing, I ran for the garbage can and threw in with glee. Why on earth was I even keeping that? In case I someday needed it? No, that was never going to happen.

We keep all of these things for different reasons; sometimes out of gilt about waste, or because these things were gifts. Sometimes we have possessions that we swear to ourselves we are going to use, but we never do. Whatever the reason, it’s important to find a way to let go. I finally got to the point where I can throw greeting cards away. It’s actually difficult for me to do because I know how much the little pieces of paper cost, but what do I need with ten boxes of old greeting cards taking up space in the attic? I know that one of my kids might enjoy looking them over someday, but only for a moment or two, and is that really worth keeping them all? The same thing goes for school papers, I keep one really nice piece of artwork occasionally, and I scan work samples into the computer a couple of times a year, but that is it.

I bet that most people could find twenty things to throw away by just going to their refrigerator and cleaning it out. I have a salad dressing disorder. I only like one or two, but I am always tempted to try new ones, and they end up sitting in the fridge forever because no one will eat them. Do you have an empty shampoo bottle in one of your showers? I think that I do. I also have chargers to cell phones that haven’t been around for years…and remotes. There are very likely remotes in our house that go to electronics long ago broken and forgotten.

Anyways, there are plenty of things lurking in most houses that need to get the boot. There are a lot of people who rarely purge all of the extra junk unless they are packing up to move. And it really does feel good to get rid of it. So the next time that you are having a rough day, you might just consider planning a little scavenger hunt for yourself. Run around the house and throw some things out. You might be surprised at how much better you feel after you do.


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