I’ve referred to gift shops as places that sell things you wouldn’t buy for yourself. Recently I had to clean out a house that included gifts like these that had become a burden. In fact, an entire cabinet was filled with candles received as gifts.
As I was filling (and hauling) boxes, I was not thinking nice things about the nice people in the nice gift shops selling those nice gifts. Quite the contrary, I thought about the people who wanted to do something nice by giving a friend or loved-one something they’d enjoy looking at, not realizing the recipient would eventually need to do something with it. It was also a wake-up call to me that I want to deal with my own clutter now rather than subjecting someone else to it later. Not only does it take up space, but clutter is unhealthy.
As I hauled several loads of boxes to the storage unit I was reminded of Americans’ love of storage – in large part because so many of us are good at accumulating stuff and not so good at winnowing it down to what we really need. More armies of sales people await, happy to rent storage space, no questions asked.
The rows of storage units begin to look like the expansive warehouse (Hangar 51) that Indiana Jones stumbled upon. I’ve already got a New Year’s resolution in mind relative to my own stuff, and I hope it doesn’t take until next year for me to get started on it. 🙂
How do you avoid being taken over by clutter?