Created: 02/05/2014 2:52 PM WNYT.com
By: Benita Zahn
I recently stopped by an estate sale. It was in a tony subdivision and I thought I'd just take a look inside the house. From the outside it wasn't much but the layout was cozy, despite the 6,000 square feet or so it encompassed.
As I walked through the rooms a few things struck me. First, I felt a bit ghoulish looking at the trappings of someone(s) life. Bargain hunters were picking through kitchen ware and pictures, pocketbooks and knick knacks. And that's when it hit me .. these people had way too much stuff. Like most of us, I suspect.
Along with the 3 or 4 sets of gorgeous china and stemware were glasses from the Saratoga race track - the ones they used to give you with a Saratoga sunrise. There were glasses someone must have won in a golf tourney and a host of other things like that.
I realize we all hang onto things we don't need, strictly out of sentimental feelings - they remind us of a fun day, an outing with loved ones .. a day we felt empowered. But at some point, we need to weed through those things.
In this case, either there were no relatives to inherit the goods or relatives for whom all this was just so much stuff and of no value.
I came home and announced to the husband that we will commence on clearing out the basement. We have items from his parents home and mine. We'll never use that old record player or the extra roasting pan that's collecting dust. And really, we have to do SOMETHING with the record collection.
In short, we all need to trim the stuff of our lives, periodically. I think it serves to remind us where we came from and help us set new priorities. I'm not advocating dumping everything that connects us to the past - but rather, not keep the things that prevent us from moving forward.
Your thoughts are welcome ..