Wednesday, March 18, 2015

It Is Time


These are not my boxes--can you imagine if?

Sorting through boxes leads to glimpses back to the past.  It still amazes me to see those glimpses and then to remember when they were important.

Teaching was my profession for two decades leaving me with boxes and boxes of that life stacked on sturdy shelves.  I can open my garage door and look at those boxes, see the labels, and think “Do I still have that?”, and then “Why do I still have that?”

We are contemplating moving—more just contemplating.  Kids are grown and gone.  Their belongings have moved with them, with a few exceptions.

With that, I know I must take a deep breath, gird the loins, and face down the lion, which are those boxes. 


It is time.

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  1. I just donated three long and full shelves to our library. Most they can add to their collection and the rest can go to the book sale. We both were pleased with the result.

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    1. We will have many donations to libraries and GoodWill, I know. My husband is the one who struggles with letting go.

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  2. Having moved about for years and years, and finally now downsized I know those boxes well! They are really like the nightmare that lives under the bed. And yet, once dealt with the lightness of being is wondrous. Good luck.

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    1. We have been in this house 25 yrs., but before that we traveled light.
      Thanks for the wish of luck!

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  3. It's never easy but when it's over you'll feel wonderful.

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  4. Having moved 16 times, I keep myself downsized so I don't have to bother thinking which to keep and which to not.

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    1. 16 times!! You would thing lean each time!

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  5. We all reach that point at some time

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    1. Yes, but the years went by so quickly that we didn't think we would actually do this.

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  6. Sorry you have so much sorting out to do. It will be a huge relief when it's over, and think about how much trouble you'll be sparing your children in the future.

    Julie

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    1. It will be appreciated. We will not keep the stuff that meant something to us once. Our kids will be relieved.

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  7. Aaargh.
    Sadly that first picture is only a small exaggeration of our boxes of books.
    Good luck.

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  8. Theres always a hidden treasure to be found in boxes like these. I have a wardrobe full of science fiction books, I'm keeping them because they're special, you know?

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    1. My husband would have a fine time at your house. There are so many favorite authors, and he MUST buy the new release. I understand how they are special. Once he had so many books that we put them in a large box which we covered with wood-grained contact-paper, and used it as an ottoman.

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  9. I hope your garage doesn't look like that.
    Chuck some stuff. It's liberating in a way.

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  10. Good for you for starting the purge. I began when I stopped homeschooling by giving away 10%, then 20%, and yesterday I cleared off a bunch of shelves and gave away 50%. Just keeping the ones I love to go back and refer to, children's books I want for grandchildren, a few special cookbooks, and autographed books. And antique books. And.... Really, though, there aren't as many "ands" as there were many years back. it's so freeing to lighten the book load. I haven't missed any so far. There's always the library, I tell myself.

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    1. I have kept my favorite children books, but the rest is a mystery.

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  12. Don't try to do too much at once, but you'll feel so much better once it's done. You really don't need all that stuff that you've been holding on to. (From someone who must do the same thing, and should do it soon.)

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  13. Boy, that's a lot of books. Reminds me of the boxes I gave away when I moved here.

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    1. Moving is the impetus. The above photo of the huge boxes of books shows a place where books that weren't sold and are pretty recent. They are shipped out to Discount Bookstores. I have done my share of book-diving at those places!

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    2. Moving is the impetus. The above photo of the huge boxes of books shows a place where books that weren't sold and are pretty recent. They are shipped out to Discount Bookstores. I have done my share of book-diving at those places!

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  14. I have lived in my house for 13 years and there are still unopened boxes in my basement from the move. They all contain my adult children's high school and college books and memories.

    Good luck, it is a daunting task.

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    1. Where are your grown children? Invite them to a bonfire?

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  15. Susan: I still have lesson plans and books from my teaching days! At first I thought when I moved I would teach, but I didn't. So all the creative writing stuff is in boxes which I must throw out, but some of those ideas were wonderful! (Don't we always think that?)

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!