Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Letting Go...

Do you know what's really difficult about packing?  It's not finding the right box or enough paper to wrap up the breakables.  It's not labeling the boxes or making sure the heavy-arsed book boxes aren't shoved in the back corner of a closet.

It's letting go.

I swore I would try to let go of my pack-rat tendencies and let go of stuff that I have been hoarding holding on to for too long to remember.

Case in point:  I have an old IBM Thinkpad 560 that I pulled out of the closet 2 nights ago (when I was so cranked up on coffee that I couldn't sleep at 1am). This thing is so old that it only has serial ports - no USB slots to be found. And I can't remember where to plug in the phone jack in order to connect the dial-up modem to the internet (there isn't a phone slot either).  Anyone with good sense would say: toss/recycle that doorstop.  Oh no, not me. I was thinking: hey, it's still good to use for word processing and such...let me search the net (using my much faster mac) and see how I can connect this wireless-ly.  

WTH!  Really, I should have just taken my butt to bed.Well, I have come to my senses and will make sure that POS makes it to the recycle bin.

But why am I having a difficult time getting rid of stuff that has lived in the dark regions of closets for the past 4 years?  I guess I'm worried that I won't be able to replace it.  I know that's not a smart deduction (especially since I have 2 mac computers which easily replaced that Thinkpad). Hopefully, in the next week I can get over this anxiety of letting go and finish packing my stuff. I am ready to be out of my house. I've even considered just putting what's boxed on a truck in the next week and leaving the rest!

How do you deal with letting go (not just clothes) of stuff?


to dream the KIMpossible dream said...

I'm the wrong chickadee to ask. I make a pile of throwaways, keeps, and donates. Somehow the stuff I decide to keep doesn't even make sense. I find myself keeping things out of guilt or obligation instead of out of necessity. Someone once told me that if you haven't used it / worn it or whatever in the past year - OUT IT GOES! Sometimes it's hard to shake the ol' "what if..."

The Merry said...

TELL me about it.
Well, you don't really need to.
Been there, done that, got the storage boxes.
It's taken me years to get rid of stuff I've been holding on to, and there are still some boxes where my attitude is 'don't touch my junk' (so to speak).
The good thing about moving is that you have to do this, and so there's a good chance you'll make it through to your new home with less stuff.
Good luck!