Mental Sampler 2
So this comment by Kasey really nailed a big reason why I keep my “what if” clutter. I am very aware of the money I spent (or that someone else spent) to get that item. Throwing it away, especially when there is even the slightest chance that I may need it in the future, feels like throwing money into a garbage can. I wouldn’t do that with dollar bills, so it’s hard to convince myself to do that with an object that cost money. In that sense, the sweater or travel mug or name-your-object is money.
It’s impossible to track how often it happens; that something I would have gotten rid of turns out to be useful down the road. There are plenty of things that I use only occasionally, but once I use them, the clock resets.
So not knowing the likelihood makes me hold onto things just so I won’t need to spend the money a second time. Especially when it costs me nothing to hang onto the item but would cost me money to replace. Even though storing the item makes me miserable because it takes up space and creates clutter.
Yes, we’re going to get JK Rowling’s new book.
I’ve talked about this before, but we used to have a neighbour growing up whose parents had a floating holiday where they would decorate the tree outside their house with lollipops and invite everyone in the neighbourhood to harvest the tree. You never knew when it would happen, so every morning you’d get up to look for the lollipop tree. It’s not that I didn’t get lollipops from my parents at other times of years, but THOSE lollipops were so exciting because they were so unexpected.
All the Dirty Laundry was lamenting how you get to the end of the weekend and feel as if you just need a few more hours in order to feel like you’re on top of things or fully relaxed.
I mused that it would be nice if the universe gave us 12 extra hours every once in a while. You’d never knew when you’d get them, but suddenly you’d be sitting there and the clocks would reset and you’d be given an extra 12 hours to fill at your pleasure — either to get ahead with work or to finish a project or to get a little relaxation time. Anything you wanted. Just 12 extra hours, popped into your week.
How would you spend those 12 hours if you got them this weekend?