We have this old card table with green leather top and brass handles on the side and on the feet. Lrudlrick’s dad gave it to him years ago. We have no idea what to do with it. We’d give it up but it’s a lovely piece and I suppose it holds sentimental value to Lrudlrick.
Lately, I’ve been thinking that the only sentimental value is that his father gave it to him and the only reason he gave it to him was because he didn’t know what to do with it.
We have a storage room filled with items like these that we keep. We’ve always said to each other, “When we move into a house, we can use it in a room.” It’s been ten years and I’m not sure we’re going to be moving into a house. To add to our collection of things in storage, I’m adding a card table.
Am I keeping these things out of guilt?
I’ve already made up my mind that I’m going to sell a lot of the tchotchkes my MIL bought me. In the past ten years I’ve amassed too many angels, scrolls, cups with our names on it and miniature figurines to fill three boxes in my storage room.
I put some out for my MIL but the rest I hide away. I’m probably going to donate them to the local church. I’m not concerned with my MIL asking where they are because she hasn’t yet and well, I don’t think she remembers giving me the items. I have plenty that I leave out that she remembers are from her that she’s not going to miss the wooden train set that she bought Lrudlrick 3 years ago.
I know when it’s time for us to do our annual cleaning of our storage locker, we’ll keep the bed and the card table. We’re not going to get rid of them just yet but we need to stop the attachment. If it’s not used within two years, it should be donated or discarded.
Now if I can get my husband to do the same with his closet of old electronics.
Tonight’s house declutter to do:
clean out utility closet
Related tags: hoarding, cleaning, declutter