Carol Round on Is It Time for a Baggage Check?

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“…a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away”— Ecclesiastes 3:6 (NIV).

While some people like to clean out their clutter in the spring, January is my time to toss out anything unnecessary. When I start going through manila folders of paperwork and organizing my taxes, I’m also motivated to declutter.

If you notice the store ads after Christmas and through January, there are a plethora of organizational tools for sale. Shelving, storage boxes, and office supplies tempt us to get our life in order.

While going through home office files and closets this month, I faced more clutter than usual. I’d accumulated tax records going back to 2005. Why had I waited so long to dispose of them? I checked online to see how many years’ worth I really needed to keep. My records were way overdue for shredding.

Why Do We Wait So Long?

 While sifting through folders and boxes, I came across newspaper articles, greeting cards, photos, my earlier writings, and letters from family and friends. I was hesitant to toss any of these memories but some were four or five decades old.

I’m not a hoarder but confess to being sentimental about some things, like a letter my youngest son wrote when he was in his late twenties. I couldn’t part with the sentiments he’d expressed to me. When I reread his words from 10 years ago, tears flowed as if a dam had been breached.

Tears are cleansing. Still, I knew it was past time to let go of things no one else would value after I’m gone—but not the letter from my son. Sorting through greeting cards, newspaper articles, and other things I’d clung to, I tossed some and shredded others.

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SOURCE: Assist News