Just a reminder re the Christmas cards people, if you haven’t already, it’s time to take them down and sort them out! Or, to go through the cache from years gone by (I know you have them). You might find the following helpful. It’s an extract from Lessons in Letting Go – Confessions of a Hoarder by Corinne Grant. I did an organising session with her a little while ago, and here’s what she has to say about Christmas cards:
I expected this diminutive woman to start berating me at any moment for letting my life get so out of control, but instead she looked at the desk, listed off the order of tasks for clearing it, and then, before I really knew what was happening, we had the drawers out and on the dining table and Lissanne was throwing things into a bin.
‘There’s a system for getting rid of things,’ she said as we worked. ‘It’s either legitimate paperwork that you need for business reasons, it’s something that needs to be actioned, it’s truly precious, or,’ and here she looked me directly in the eye, ‘it’s rubbish.’ She looked at the stack of old Christmas cards in front of her. ‘This is rubbish.’
I had kept every greeting card ever sent to me. I had cards from parents, relatives, best friends, old employers, hairdressers and real estate agents. I had wanted to get rid of them, but it felt sort of evil to throw out other people’s best wishes and heartfelt messages. This was what had been holding me back with the paperwork. It wasn’t that I couldn’t let go of it, it was that I wasn’t sure I was allowed to. Now Lissanne was telling me I could. I flicked through the cards and laughingly held one up to Lissanne.
‘I guess it says a lot about how little I cook when my local Chinese restaurant send me a Christmas card from “all their staffs”.’