Last week, I posted about clearing out my house, letting go of things—like notes for a dissertation completed 17 years ago—that I no longer need. While I had intended to do some clearing this year anyway, I’ve been doing more than I’d expected. The universe had bigger plans than I was aware of. I’m no longer cleaning out my house just to free up space. I’m cleaning it out because I’m moving—from Michigan to Atlanta—for a new job.
One of my friends noted that the distraction of all the things we have to do to make such big changes serves a purpose. Focusing on the details of cleaning out files, getting rid of books and clothes and housewares we no longer use/need, and contacting realtors, etc., keeps us from completely freaking out about the really big change of relocating our lives.
I’ve contacted a realtor to begin the process of putting my Michigan house on the market. I’ve started working with another to find a new home in Atlanta. Now I’m back to working on getting rid of things that don’t need to move with me.
I finally made it through all the files—and the associated document shredding. I also made a second pass at the books. A few weeks ago I packed up roughly 120 books for donation. This weekend, after finishing the filing, I bagged another 100 or so to go. That still leaves me with a lot of books. I’ll probably be able to get rid of some more, but I have to release them a few at a time. Here are some I haven’t been able to let go of—and the reasons why:
There are lots more I’m keeping. Because I haven’t read them yet. Because they’re signed by the author. Because a friend or family member gave them to me. Because I love them–and though I may not reread them for a long time, if ever, I still want them in my possession. As I said, I may get rid of some more before the moving is all over. But not today.
What books do you cling to, and why do you cling to them?
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