Back to the Tuesday sharing of a “Slice of Life”. After a month of sharing a daily slice at “Two Writing Teachers” it seems strange to be back to once a week. But it is good to be back with this community of slicers.
As I opened the newspaper this morning, the first headline I read was “Note to Baby Boomers: Millennials don’t want Your Stuff.”
And, I know it’s true. My own children have already said they don’t want any of our stuff. Not the furniture, the books, the knickknacks and especially not all the photo albums.
They are not sentimental about any of it. They don’t hang onto things. I still have a large tub of my children’s school and artwork for goodness sake. I am sentimental that’s for sure. And now I have some of my mother’s things as well.
I am still trying to get rid of my teaching books and materials after almost two years of retirement. I still have some unit things (Christmas and Hallowe’en for eg.) and several hundred books (I’m looking to sell some on Ebay or Amazon – sometime)I just got rid of two bags of school papers from my file cabinet last week. It is so hard to let go – teaching was my life for 36 years.
I just bought “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo, billed a sthe Japanese art of decluttering and organizing. I’d read reviews about it and thought it might help with my own decluttering.
One line she uses to decide whether to keep something is: “Does this spark joy?”. As I look at the stuff around the house, I want to feel that joy – not the weight of it all. Item by item, I want to find what does bring joy, and get rid of the rest. Maybe someone will appreciate what I discard.I won’t ask my kids though!