Blog surfing during the weekends leads to inspiration, I always say. And true enough, having read through Eva626‘s post, I literally had the inspiration to clean the house.
My mom has a hard time letting go of some of our old stuff, so every time we try and do spring cleaning, we always end up just dusting off some items that we don’t use anymore, and then putting them back in the box. Nothing gets discarded, even if it really needs to be.
I tease my mom that she is turning out to be a hoarder, and that soon, our house can turn out like this:
Normally, she would say that there would be no chance that that would happen, since she knows how to control it anyway, but when it’s time to decide whether or not we need to let go of some of the stuff, she almost automatically tells me that “we would still have use for that in the future”.
Fast forward to 2000-something, we encountered the tv show Hoarders, and I told my mom that she may turn out that way if she does not learn how to sort her stuff out. I think the visual helped since she then decided to agree on some suggestions I made.
One example is our old VCD player. She did not want to let it go, since she said that she paid for it pretty handsomely when it first went out. She kept it in a box and stored it on top of her main cabinet for a couple of years, until she decided that it’s time to just let it go.
I sorted through our old books too, and we decided to give our Archie comics to our relatives who had younger children. My dad called up his relatives and told them that he has some post New Year gifts to the kids, and told us how excited they were. I was thinking that the kids were thinking more of an Xbox rather than a pile of old comic books.
I also found a box full of college papers, receipts and some old pens. I had to try each pen to see if they were still working, and almost every single pen was not. It figures. If the pen collected more dust than a vacuum cleaner, then I think it should be obvious that it would not work.
Speaking of college papers, let me show you one paper that I decided to hold on to, for now (click to view):
This is an activity in our Theology class when I was in my first year of college, first semester, way back 2006. Our professor was Mr. Jung Del Barrio (he wanted us to put “Sir” not “Mr.” or “Mister”).
We had to put our nickname at the top middle portion, I did not have any, so I put in my basketball nickname, and our name in the parentheses. We were then asked to divide the paper into two portions, one named “Negative”, the other half named “Positive”. We were then asked to pass it around the room, and have our classmates (or block mates, as we call them) to write down a perception they have of us, both positive and negative.
Here is the other half:
At the back, we had to have everyone write a message or a quote that we want to share to the owner. I just put in Love Letters, just in case. You never know if someone likes you until you ask, right?
To pretty much sum it up, my positives are I was smart (They did not want to use the words “nerd” or “geek”, so they used “smart” instead :D). I was (and still am) a loner, so that was my negative. The message portion was pretty much a joke, but the “Take care and good luck, foe” part was a bit surprising.
We still have not gone through all our boxes and storage shelves, so I am hoping that I’ll find more gems like this.