Clump #222: Transport clump of junk to Fall Festival storage area; day 18 of the 30-day challenge.
So the thing about a big de-clumping project is this: things look worse before they look better. Exhibit A: part of the pile of stuff that was (past tense) clogging up our older daughter’s bedroom, the current repository for things to be given away. Most of it had been brought up from the basement to be sorted, or was handed over to me by a friend who was moving.
I filled our car with most of it today, and put it in a storage shed for the flea market-style fundraiser at our Quaker Meeting’s Fall Festival.
The basket below and its twin lived for years and years in the basement storage area. Why not let someone else have them and put them to good use? But they caught my heart at the last minute. I had bought them to fill with flowers to decorate our wedding ceremony. I just couldn’t give them away. I told myself if I kept them I’d really have to put them to use, but how? At this point in my life I’m not interested in containers of artificial flowers, or any such dust-collectors.
And then it hit me. What am I constantly struggling to control and corral? Magazines and newspapers! Hooray! It was a “You’ve had the power in your shoes all along” moment.
The newspaper on the top contained an article called “The angels who care and comfort in worst of times,” from The Philadelphia Inquirer about health care “angels.” Talk of angels seems to have a new-age reputation, associated with being “out there.” I loved seeing this biblical quote at the top of the piece:
Nothing flaky about Luke 22:43. Reassuringly solid. May you, as I have, feel strengthened by angels.