We’ve passed the midpoint of our 30-day minimalism challenge. For most of the last week our office and front entryway, doubling as donation collection points, have been full of children’s toys and clothes. This short interim period of additional clutter will undoubtedly be well worth it in the long run.
The majority of the toys have already been given away. We posted an ad for free toys on our neighborhood’s Facebook page and within minutes we had our first offer to swing by and take some off our hands. One thing I didn’t anticipate was some of the interactions we’d have as these new acquaintances passed through our lives.
The first person who contacted us was a new grandmother. Her son’s girlfriend had just given birth to a baby boy three weeks prior. Both parents, ages 29 and 33, were unemployed and were about to be evicted from the house they were renting. Clearly under a great deal of stress, you could hear the worry and frustration in the grandmother’s voice as she explained the situation. We gave her everything we had that was geared towards infants and young toddlers. You could tell she was truly grateful and we hope these items will be put to good use.
A second encounter that stood out was with a woman I had recently met. About two weeks ago, I was going through some boxes and found a couple X-Men comic books circa 1992. Having no need for the comics, but not wanting to toss them out, I posted them on the neighborhood Facebook page figuring someone who collected comic books may want them. Surely enough, within an hour a woman messaged me saying her brother-in-law was a collector and later that day she swung by to get the books.
Fast forward to this past weekend and I received another reply to the kid’s toy post from what looked like a familiar name. Turns out it was the same woman and luckily for her I’d found four more comics to add to her BIL’s collection. When she stopped by our house, she asked me, “Isn’t it hard to part ways with all this stuff?” I thought for a second and said, “Not really. I just don’t have a need for it anymore.”
For a few seconds afterwards, it really made me think about people in general and why we hold onto stuff for so long. It’s almost as if getting rid of these possessions will take the memories that are attached to them.
This brings us to our next point of interest. For some reason, we’ve been hesitant to get rid of plastic souvenir cups we’ve acquired over the years at sporting events, amusement parks, and vacation resorts. Well, not any more. It is time for us to part ways. Bye bye random souvenir cups. To the recycling bin you go!
One final discovery, a can of expired beets, can only be classified as embarrassing but true. Now, it is not uncommon for people to find slightly expired goods in the their homes. Occasionally coming across something that expired a year or two ago is worth a good chuckle. For us, this one takes the cake. Check out the expiration date.
What makes this especially bad is that since these beets expired (I don’t even remember us ever buying canned beets), we have made two cross country moves and somehow these beets made the cut both times! Maybe we should’ve hung onto them for old time’s sake.
Lastly, if you comment on this post and we do not reply right away, do not despair. We are not ignoring you. As part of the 30-day challenge, we will be disconnecting from the virtual world for the next three days. We hope the handful of you, our loyal readers, can manage during these trying times 🙂