12.12.2009

Just Can't Do It

While holding a blog give-away seemed to be the consensus on what to do with my scary sweater, I just don't think that I'm ready to part with it yet. Helen, a member of my former knitting group in Queens, was right about most everything she wrote in her comment yesterday, but after reading it all and nodding in agreement, I'm still coming to a different conclusion than she did about the sweater's fate. I'm holding on to it, at least for now, just like I'm holding on to the stack of over-sized t-shirts that list the names of all of the kids in the graduating classes during the years that I taught sixth grade in the Bronx. I'll never wear the sweater, I'll never wear the shirts, but they hold too much meaning and memory for me right now to ditch them. I am however, taking a car-full of some pretty great stuff that I'm not as emotionally attached to (vintage photo frames, ceramics, games, and jewelry; a cool mirror; some funky old theater seats; an antique fan; the list goes on...) to Rerun tomorrow. Seriously, once I start this purging thing, I can't stop.

7 comments:

My Love is..... said...

Good for you.... I recently came across my old signed schooldresses and thought what the hell am I going to do with these. I just held them for awhile and packed them away with my deb dress and brownie uniform.

Erin said...

Sometimes I think about the practicality of hanging onto sentimental things. I was an English major in college and I kept all the books I read. I've never read them again, or even taken them out of the bookshelf except to pack them for moving. So why do I keep them? I just can't get rid of them. It's almost like I'd be throwing out a piece of myself. My last connection to a time in my life that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Funky Finds said...

I think we all have "keepsake clothing." Joe and I have a box of old clothes made up of concert tees, striped Girbaud jeans, etc.

Artsy Momma said...

Do you rent out your purging mojo? I want to get rid of everything in my home and start over. Time has just not been on my side lately.

holly said...

You inspired me - just went through my closet and got rid of 2 huge bags to Goodwill and another 2 bags to consignment. I love purging!

Shona~ LALA dex press said...

And it's not about getting rid of things you really value...but you can't say I didn't warn you...starting the process is a slippery slope. The big purge of '09 was weighted more on my side, but Tom is now going through his clothes. YAY!

Mariss said...

Your friend Helen is awesome! Good advice. You did the right thing though! Sometimes, you have to hold on longer. There's nothing wrong with that! Better to hold on until you're ready to let go, than to regret it!

-the lady with all her old high school swim team shirts and pajama bottoms given from my mom...