1.15.2012

Look What I Found This Week

This week, since the weather has been so un-winterlike, I decided to do a little "spring" cleaning. Since I travel so much, all my stuff (except for my one suitcase that I travel with) is in storage. This week, I went through that storage, to see what I could get rid of. Of course, if you are like me, you know that sometimes going through your storage to "get rid of it" results in a walk down memory lane. So, grab a beer (inspired by Kim) and look what I found this week! In addition, I did do a few other things. They are also included below.

Before I went crazy and started doing a major sorting movement, I had my extended family's Christmas party (in January)! It was great to see all the cousins! 

My Dad (yup, that's a kilt) and cousin
Some of my younger cousins -- pretty in pink
I went running. Only twice! I have been slacking due to the fact that I have had so many other things to do this week! I need to get back on track, so to speak! 

I found a new trail! A little overgrown but FUN!
Instead of running, I have been helping re-roof a house! It is a lot of work! 


I also went to an auction -- not to buy anything, but to see how it worked, in case I want to sell anything. BUT...you can get some darn good deals on things! I saw one 46 piece dish set, a nice one too, go for about 5 dollars! 


Okay, so you have gone through old stuff, right?
I wonder if you keep as strange of things as I do. 

{1} My diary from when I was about 8. Complete with fool proof locking device!


 {2} My first medal from my FIRST running race! 1986.


{3} My first digital camera!


{4} My "best friends" necklace from Jr. High! Remember those!?


{5} SO MANY books. It is really hard to get rid of them though! 
*in case you can't read, they are "travel/memoir/reference" and "Not Read Yet" *


*These are the "not read yet" books! 
A whole box. I am SO embarrassed! I need to get a move on with my book reading goal!*


But...and you should be very proud, I got rid of FOUR bankers boxes of books! FOUR! I am sad, but happy!! 

And, last but not least, we had a bonfire. To burn the old files I threw away (tell me, WHY did I keep some of them?) as well as....the Christmas tree! How sad. Except I don't know if you can see or not, but my parents were VERY excited about it. 


Okay now, you need to help me. Am I normal? Or do you keep things too? What item is it hardest for you to get rid of? What do you do with your Christmas tree once you take it down?

11 comments:

  1. It can take me so long to go through old stuff because I want to read every letter, reminisce about each item, etc. We used to have big bonfires for our old Christmas trees when I was a kid and I loved it!

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  2. you are normal -- i'm a saver, too. i actually have several boxes of empty boxes. i like boxes, i guess. :)

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  3. That's normal. Usually I like to toss things, but there are certain things that I always talk myself into keeping. You've been busy! Nice work on getting rid of stuff. We throw our tree into our forest and let it decompose.

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  4. I go through old stuff every couple of years as my needs change as to why I wanted to keep something from the past. Recently I tossed a bunch of old stuffed animals when I realized there was no way I was giving my daughter a 30 year old stuffed animal to play with.....then I wonder why I hauled it around with me for the past 10 years. LOL

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  5. I used to save every momento, but when we moved onto the boat I sat down and culled! Big time. And it was a fun walk down memory lane.

    We used to burn our trees every year - the neighbors would all get together and have a bonfire. Then the city stopped burning and starting collecting trees to put in a chipper.

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  6. I definitely hold onto things, then once the sentimental value has lessened, I"m able to get rid of some stuff. I remember those best friend necklaces!

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  7. We can't keep anything around because we have NO storage, so we have to keep a tight ship!

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  8. Hi Kyria - nice to be back (with an actual working internet connection !).

    My wife knows if I go into the basement to 'clean up' I'll be gone for hours and I feel very proud if I get rid of even 1 box of stuff. She's quite good at culling - well, my stuff anyway - but I end up in the same trap - start to read things or find books I'd intended to read, and ... well, you know how it goes.

    Interesting post. Have a great week !

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  9. Those are some fun finds! I have to go through my storage and get rid of some things. I know it will be easier since some unpleasant circumstances caused me to lose a lot of my childhood possessions, but it'll still be interesting to go through what I've got and relive some memories.

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  10. I have a really hard time parting with books. I got rid of some a couple of years ago, but it was tough!

    I have shelves of unread books! I now have the top shelf of every bookshelf dedicated to books I haven't read so they are easier to spot when I feel tempted to buy one!

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