Cleaning with New Eyes
--by HPotter, posted May 28, 2006
Finally the time came, it was time to pack up and move all my stuff... across the continent. You can imagine that space was somewhat of a constraint on what I could keep. As I watched my roomate pack up within a day, either throwing stuff out or packing it up, I couldn't follow suit. The environmentalist in me could never throw away paper, it always had to be recycled, and now how could I just throw away knicknacks?
Smile cards were the answer. Someone had posted a message that buying something is not always needed and I must say I agree. Armed with a stack of smile cards, my stuff was divided into three piles: to take home, to give away and a much smaller trash.
Cleaning has taken on new meaning. I used to think that it was absurd that my mom kept gifts that we never used to give to other people. I used think that that was being cheap. But now my perspective has changed. She wasn't giving the gifts to friend in lieu of buying them something, but rather was giving them to people who had use for them.
Now my old Archies are going to a shelter for women and children, unopened candles and frames will be left randomly for people to find. Spring cleaning can be a drag, but now it has new meaning. What others may see as trash, I see as a treasure that has the potential to light up someone's face. The challenge: finding the right person to give it to. It takes more effort and thought than simply throwing something away, but I can already imagine the joy that will be shared from this small tokens.
ps harry potter rocks!
one question though.. What are Archies?