Letting go of the Excess Sentimental Clutter in Your Life

JMJ 51  *Doodle Bear, along with a couple of other bags of cast-aways, were taken to Goodwill today.  I tried to find a home for Doodle Bear amongst our homeschoolers, but it appears most moms are also housing an overabundance of stuffed friends already! 

Ring the School Bell 51/180 Days

Farewell dear Doodle Bear, who brought such joy to my Sarah and Melissa in their youth.  May you find a new home and a new child to love you.

Doodle Bear, along with a couple of other bags of cast-aways, were taken to Goodwill today.  I tried to find a home for Doodle Bear amongst our homeschoolers, but it appears most moms are also housing an overabundance of stuffed friends already!  Some kids did adopt the stuffed zebra, dinosaur, and rabbit that were also begging to be adopted from the “Free Stuff” bucket at the Halloween party a couple of weeks ago.  But not Doodles!  He had a different destiny, that I will never know.  I often wonder where my cast-offs end up.  Do you?  I sometimes silently pray, as I hand them over to the volunteer, that they end up bringing joy and perhaps needed assistance to the receiver.

Time to share our blessings.  Besides, the stuffed critters underneath can’t even breathe!

We stopped in the Goodwill store for a quick look to see if they might have boots for Melissa, and yes they did! It felt like a direct blessing from God for donating some of our treasures.  Besides our few errands, we stayed home and worked on academics.

How to let go of those sentimental treasures?  It is not just difficult for children to let go.  It is hard for many parents also, myself included.  A few ideas:

  1. Talk about the lucky recipients of the toy or stuffed animal with your child.  If you are having a tough time yourself, do the same.  Be an example.  Give something that hurts to let go of, and discuss it with your child.
  2. A truth in life is that we need to get rid of some stuff to make room for other things.
  3. Don’t give everything away.  Treasure the homemade.
  4. Take photos of sentimental items before gifting them to charity, and put the photos in your scrapbook.
  5. Look at it in a biblical sense as sharing your blessings with others.
  6. Make it an event to give away some of those precious stuffed animals.  (This might be a bit much if the kids are real little)  A interesting organization which collects stuffed animals for flooding victims as well as other causes, which I discovered while surfing the web, is Stuffed Animals for Emergencies.


Any other suggestions?

This and that…

Our yard is almost ready for the next phase, sculpting.  (For new readers, we are redoing our yard to make it more drought friendly and water-wise.) I plan to create hilly mounds to add dimension to the yard, then start planting.  We will be replacing the sprinkler heads with manifolds (my new vocabulary word for the day!) A manifold houses miniature hoses that go directly to each plant, thus saving substantial amounts of water.

I cut Sarah’s long locks of hair and gave her bangs today.  Such a sweet little face.

I have practically finished updating Sabrina’s high school transcript.  Kind of an important document when you are applying to a university.  It took a while to figure out how to do it, but samples on the internet gave me the direction which I needed.  Of course, I could have ordered a transcript for $49, but we are trying to stay within our monthly budget, and it looked like something I could do myself in a couple of hours.

Sabrina got past her big writer’s block issues today and started working on one of her college application essays.  She is writing about how her road trip to Washington DC helped shape her as a person.

Jazz, Melissa’s friend, RSVP’d for Melissa’s upcoming Mystery Dinner Party.  Over the weekend, we went to the coolest party, a pie-making party, at Jazz’s house, who has a birthday very close to Melissa’s.  Michelle, her mom, prepared numerous tasty filling for the mini-sized pies.  The guests all rolled out their own crusts, sampled the fillings, then created their pies.  Between the pies and the games, what fun!

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** Note to the Reader- Today’s narrative is part of our family’s school journey from a few years ago, during my eldest daughter’s senior year in high school, a rather emotional year, with its many ups and downs.  Every day’s blog entry coincides with a day from that special year.  It can be read from the beginning by selecting the “Ring the School Bell 180” category on the side bar.  Commence with the narrative, “The School Bell- What comes to mind when ‘you’ hear that bell?”

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Follow along with us day-by-day through the school year.  Hope you will join us!

May God shower blessings on your family as he has on mine.    Annette



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