One of my favorite fantasies is that I pack one suitcase and throw it into the back seat of my vintage Cadillac convertible with the top down and I drive off into the sunset. On a more practical version, I am driving my small five- door hatchback, formerly known as a station wagon, so I have more room. It has been interesting to sort out exactly what I value enough to take with me. What I have learned about myself is that I must love chairs because they are taking center stage on my list. A further look around my house totally confirms this discovery. My furniture purchases over the past two years have been the addition of four wooden chairs. However, these new acquisitions do not make it into the car. Number one on my list of chairs to take is my “youth chair.” It is meant to bridge the gap between using a high chair and using a regular chair. I used it when I was young and so did my children. I can clearly remember eating supper in the summer and a couple of neighborhood kids came to the door to see if my sister and I could come out to play. Through the screen door they made some comment about my “high chair.” I was furious that I was being teased and I indignantly stood up and set them straight about the nature of a “youth chair.” My next chair is an oak mission-style chair that belonged to my Mom and Dad. The last chair is what I call a “legal” chair that I purchased at a garage sale. Now it’s time to fill in the nooks and crannies of my car with the following: photographs, framed pictures, my children’s art work from when they were small, one suitcase, my Fiestaware and about ten books from my bookshelf. Peter Walsh, the clean-up guru would be so proud of me. His books include:
Lighten up: love what you have, have what you need, be happier with less.
Enough already!: clearing mental clutter to become the best you can be.
Does this clutter make my butt look fat?: an easy plan for consuming less and living more.
Author Randy O. Frost:
Stuff: compulsive hoarding and the meaning of things.
Author Robin Zasio:
The hoarder in you: how to live a happier, healthier uncluttered life.