Update on the Stuff

You may wonder if we have abandoned all hope of dealing with our stuff. Fair enough. We’ve been silent for a while.  Now, we have some news to report.

Upon coming back from Kenyon’s Summer Institute, we spent time catching up – laundry, mail, appointments. But, we have also plucked more stuff and begun to find places, in some cases final resting places, for it.  Here’s a rundown.

Ray has identified a recycler who will take a collection of aluminum folding chairs that we were given in the wake of a one-time Fourth of July lawn chair drill team of retired men (Ray among them) in our local parade. It got local media notice, but the group did not re-group. The chairs have to go! And we know where they are going.

Donna has culled some of the file cabinets (more to be done here) and isolated the documents that need to be destroyed. They will be going to a local shredder this week. Cautionary tale here: don’t let all those old documents which have been superseded by subsequent years pile up. Keep at them. Once a year at tax time is a good way to address the matter. Also, bills can usually be tossed once you have reviewed them. If needed, they can be accessed on-line in most cases. Better yet, go over to on-line billing notification, if you are ready to let go of the hard copy.

And, once again, to books. Well, having disposed of some for the local library book sale, we now have the opportunity to give the next culling to the AAUW’s local book sale. Off they go!

Finally, for now, we bought a new bed. Apart from the age of our existing bed, I was struck a couple years ago by a line in Clyde Edgerton’s novel, Lunch at the Picadilly, where a great character says something to the effect, “If I knew I would live so long, I’d have bought a new mattress.” What a laugh I had. Our new bed is king-size, so the old frame needed a new home after the old mattress and box spring were carted away by the retailer. Just so happened that our local history center was getting ready for its annual yard sale. Yes, they would take it, and they would pick it up! Yeah!  Tax deduction possible here, but nothing compared to having said good-bye. We also threw in a couple of other items, including a never-used fax machine. All for a good cause.

Correspondent Rae from Alexandria advises that her family is tackling the stuff at their summer home. Appears some real discipline has been introduced to the process: Rae goes through the house and identifies items; son Bob is doing closets; boxes are taken to the Salvation Army weekly; and green trash bags are deposited curbside. Like so many of us, however, they are finding that books are a real challenge. There is something sacrosanct about the printed word and the experiences we’ve had through reading. Very hard to let go, especially if there is more than one person making the decision. Our thoughts are with you. And, she notes, there is the challenge of finding a vendor or outlet that will take your treasured collections. She’s working on it: I’ll let you know if she has some success.

Until the next time, good culling.




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