Friday, August 30, 2013

Is It All "Stuff" or Does It Really Matter?

OK~ We've been going through stuff lately and it makes me wonder. What do we do with all of this stuff in our lives? It's really just stuff, but then when I really think- it may be something more than stuff!

We came across several family photos and we look at them and say,"Who is that?" We are all guilty of not writing on our photos. The truth of the matter is- there will come a time when family members that do recognize the faces in the photos will have passed on. Are family photos family heirlooms? I would hope so. But then again, do I want this "stuff" in my house? The answer is NO! I have enough stuff already!

And then there are those crazy stuffed animals.  I am just as guilty of purchasing them and giving them as gifts as many other folks. The mutual decision is that these make great BINGO prizes at the local nursing home. I also realize that the folk that go visit their family member at the nursing home will say, "Yikes, not another stuffed animal!" But, in the grand scheme of things, it will make for a great BINGO prize and bring a smile to someone else's face.

The Christmas ornaments, Thanksgiving decorations, Easter D├ęcor, and even 4th of July decorations are stacked high in boxes 4' deep in a closet. Some of the ivy is very tattered and torn, which makes the decision to pitch it a rather quick one. What's a person to do with the painted Christmas tree ornament that is looking tired and literally hanging by a thread? What's the best option? Well, we chose to pitch it. We all decided none of us have the time nor energy to spend repairing it. After all, it would just land in another box, in a different closet, and become more worn.

How do you deal with all of the stuff in your life? Do you find it easy to pitch things or do you hang on to things for that "just in case" moment? I really, really don't want to be the Mom that hands things over to her boys when they are 40 and says, "Here ya go!" I want that stuff out of my house and into theirs! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

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