Monday, December 15, 2014


Last week I had a really hard time with my two a day plan. I just kept thinking--maybe I'm at a plateau, maybe I'm at a place where I'm comfortable with the amount of clutter. Maybe I don't see it as clutter. And then we got a new TV for Christmas.

Now the old TV is OLD. Like so old hat it weights 4 tons and all the donation places (Goodwill, Salvation army, local resale shop) won't take it. And I am not keeping it--instead I think I'm going to wait until large trash pickup and set it on the curb. I'm guessing someone will take it.

The new TV is not fancy (it is smaller than you'd want to steal, so don't bother), but in order to get my VCR hooked up to it (yes you did hear that--I LOVE my VCR), as well as the cable box that used to sit on TOP of the TV, we had to juggle the equipment. And they didn't all fit on our tv stand. So my husband and I dragged up our entertainment center from the basement (where it was acting as shelves for water and pop) only to discover that the tv would not fit. (rectangle in a square spot). So suddenly I had to really investigate if we wanted to keep all this.

And suddenly I felt like we had a LOT of clutter. A lot I did not want to have anymore. And big stuff too. A tv, an entertainment center, a computer that is so old and several videotapes, cds and dvds, and cords and wires.

Then we set up the Christmas tree. Whoa, did I have a lot of Christmas stuff that I don't want or need. Christmas themed dishcloths! Candles! and weird ornaments that I'm not sure where they came from. I also have outside lights that I have NEVER used. (I hate ladders). And as I discovered at Halloween, our outside outlet doesn't work. So, I'm going to try hanging them inside. If it works and we like it--they stay, if not--gone.

I'd love to say that everything is settled, but that's hardly the case. The guest room is full of stuff that needs to make it out of the house, the garage has an entertainment center in it, and my donation bag for the library is FULL. But it did shake me up and out of my complacency and that is a good thing.

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