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Service of Weeding Belongings: Is There a Painless Way?

Thursday, October 14th, 2021

Mule chest

As I prepare to face the dreaded seasonal clothing changeover, moving winter things out of the mule chest and into the closets and summer stuff into the chest, I wonder how much I will have the stomach to give away this time. [The mule chest, pictured above, has only four drawers, the bottom ones. The top four are faux. The chest opens leaving room to store a lot.]


Image by Steve Buissinne from Pixabay

I should be an expert, having recently moved so many times, leaving behind wonderful belongings to fit into smaller spaces. Deaccessioning parts of my wardrobe should be a cinch, but it isn’t, even though since the pandemic, especially as I no longer rent an office, I tend to repeat-wear my favorites.

I’m pragmatic. Rationally I know I no longer dress as I once did–few people do–and the sizes will be wrong, yet I nevertheless find it hard to part with the memories evoked either by seeing a gift or thinking about where I wore something or who I was with when I did. Further, the things I can afford today aren’t made as well as many of the oldies but goodies making parting that more difficult. And in the back of my mind I think, “What if I need thus and such again?”

In 2013 I wrote “Service of Things We Never Use.” It’s easy to give away those gadgets or sale items that were bargains but otherwise are pretty worthless so they aren’t candidates for gifts either.

Most of my friends and acquaintances have long ago cut their wardrobes to the essentials. Have you? Any tips to share that make it easier?


Image by Steve Adcock from Pixabay 
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