I don’t have any fruitcakes to toss, but I did my fair share of tossing over the holiday. I wanted to start 2014 with less stuff. I’ve discovered clutter stifles my creativity, so I made the decision to clear the clutter, during my time off work.
As you may know from previous posts, I’m a book hoarder. I love to read and as a result, I own a ton of books. Even with my Kindle, the hoarding continues, but now it’s done in secret and I don’t worry about running out of shelf space.
Before the holidays, my bookshelves were exploding. Many books were given to a dear friend diagnosed with breast cancer. She was beginning her treatments and needed something to pass the time. I also gave books to a few other friends and to my sister, but still, there were too many books.
The first day of my vacation, I decided to part with my friends. These books weren’t meant to sit on my shelves and accumulate dust. I spent two hours weeding through my bookshelves. I kept the books my mother had read and written her comments, they are special keepsakes.
I loaded my car with 105 books, ready for their new home, on the shelves of my local used bookstore. Although it was hard to say goodbye to friends who made me laugh, cry and provided inspiration, the time was right.
Hours later, I left the store with empty boxes, $25.00 cash and a store credit of over $100.00. The New Year looked promising…more books.
Does the New Year give you the urge to purge?