Saturday, September 25, 2010

Sorting Saturday: What not to keep

I am trying - really, really trying - to sort through the boxes of stuff that have been parked in my basement and back bedroom for the last decade (at least). This is not a project that plays to my strengths. Rather it  involves every known weakness I (and apparently half my genetic fore-bearers) possess.  Lack of organizational skills, lack of self-discipline, total disinterest in actually finishing anything - except dessert.

And these piles and boxes are the stuff of science fiction. They reproduce - almost as if they're filled with rabbits. I used to wonder how, but I have stumbled upon a clue. Apparently they read. Those clever boxes have absorbed the knowledge from these 1936 & 1947 health brochures tucked in one of the boxes and are putting that know how into practice.

Of course, the real mystery is why my grandmother kept them and why I am having the worst time throwing them away.


  1. ohhh, you can't throw those health bulletins away! They are historic. And probably sort of amusing. Someone must want them for their collection of health stuff. Guess I am no help. If we hadn't moved a lot I hate to think what I would still have in boxes.

  2. Your grandmother probably grew up during the depression and everyone saved, nothing was wasted. My father did the same thing, we wondered "What did he save this for?" What he did throw away was anything that would have been of value, the old aluminum Christmas Tree with rotating light, bubble light for a green tree and boxes of glass ornaments that were from the 40's and 50's.

    You are having a problem with throwing them away because they are part of family history. I did throw a lot away and felt bad doing it.

  3. I would never throw them away ... but then I have a real problem.

  4. Contact your local historical society. Its a good bet they can take some of the stuff off your hands!

  5. I know what you are going through! I keep asking myself the same question - why? But having not grown up during the Depression and WWII, I don't think I can truly relate.

    I'm with Heather - contact your local historical society. I've had some good luck with certain things that way.

  6. I put similar items in archival sleeves and put them in 3-ring binders. I had one grandmother in particular who saved a lot of this type of material. It was important to her, for whatever reason, so I felt terrible at the thought of pitching it.


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