Garbage, Clutter and Boxes

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I’m posting on trash night, because this week, my Lenten purge is a bunch of garbage- literally.

I took a close look in the invisible places of my home. This led to some alarming discoveries:

-Expired hot sauce in the fridge
-Soy sauce packets
-Pantry items way past their shelf life
-medications from years ago
-too many hotel shampoo and conditioner bottles
-half a drawer full of orphan socks without a match
-cards from people I can’t even remember
-handouts from grad school that are no longer relevant
-coupons and junk mail from stores I will never go in
-cardboard boxes we’re hoarding for no reason
-Old crusty paint cans and paint brushes from previous owners of this home

This week’s purge does not serve anyone else or benefit any organization that we support.

But clearing out old drawers and cluttered corners of our house feels good.

It reminds me how important it is to create space in every aspect of my life. Instead of cramped cupboards and a full basement – I’m inching towards more simplicity. I’m longing for breathing room, and home seems like the best place to start.

By the time I leave the house tomorrow, our front curb will be empty again. Our old boxes and handouts and greeting cards will be recycled and transformed into new and useful items. The extra garbage that was hiding in the corners of our house will be picked up, giving us a new opportunity to start fresh, to limit the intake and outtake in our home.

These are the unglamorous parts of the Lenten purge, and yet, some of the most necessary.

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3 thoughts on “Garbage, Clutter and Boxes

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  1. What an inspiration!!! I read aloud to your Dad. Friday is garbage day around here. Hope to follow suit. Home, exhausted but happy. Bed is forthcoming. Love mama

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  2. Your efforts are inspiring me also.
    I had a full trash barrel yesterday of useless items.
    I will also take a considerable amount of useful items tothe Cancer Discovery Shop for resale.
    Thank you!

  3. This is something I think about daily lately as work at Robs parents home. The memories are triggered by an item, but it is the joy of the moment shared I want to hold onto. I am going to work harding at making those moments than having something to help me remember.

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