03 January 2011

New Year's resolutions and baggage

In retrospect and after many, many years of making New Year's resolutions, I've given up making them. I make 'wish lists' instead! I'm a good list maker. I make lists for everything, and I excuse them away by saying .... if I don't write it down, I'll forget to do it....

Somehow if the wish list doesn't materialize in it's entirety ... at least I know I've given it a good go.

My wish list for 2011 is short.
1. A full time job that pays enough to exist
2. A decent place to live.
3. Time to do what I want to do, which is sometimes much of nothing, lol.
4. Continued good health.

Short list there you have it. No, no, I'm not busy, busy, I'm just overloaded with baggage.

Ahhhh, big sigh. I'm prompted to write this by my niece, something she wrote on her blog and a comment she made to mine. I think we all have baggage in some way or another. I think we accumulate baggage as we age. Is the term baggage another word for memories? Or is it the stuff we've collected and can't seem to part with? It's both, I think.

Baggage ... all our memories stuffed into one place or many places. Some gets lost in the shuffle, most gets shoved into crevices in the back of our minds only to be retrieved on holidays, birthdays, and the like. Some baggage we never loose.

Curmudge and I moved last week. His apartment was moved first. I've put most of that away. I'm already running out of hidey holes in the new place to put stuff. Then I went to my storage space and opened the door ... I have stuff! An 8 X 10 space packed full of stuff! What am I going to do with this stuff? Funny, after all these years, a whole lifetime of stuff can be crammed into one 8 X 10 space.

I'll admit, I'm a packrat of the first order. I have a lot of stuff ... I've collected and don't remember where it came from or why I got it in the first place. Stuff that is necessary for everyday living, precious stuff, and just plain stuff.

Some of my stuff will go to the dump. It's not worthy of a yard sale, nor do I have the inclination to put on a yard sale. Some will come home to be used everyday, like the washer and dryer, my dresser and mirror ( yes, I do look in the mirror) my antique dishes and silver, yard ornaments and outside tools, the horse's stuff .... it's all there and more.

Add a number 5 to that short list of wishes.... storage space needs to be? All this said, I resolve to packrat less! Yep, I also resolve to go thru that storage space and weed out what is no longer necessary.


  1. We've been ditching stuff since the spring... why we haven't run out of stuff to throw away I cant figure out.

  2. I'm doing some "Spring Cleaning" too. We go to the Goodwill, and then we by more stuff there, grin.

    I suppose there's good and bad baggage. When I hear the term though, I always view "baggage" negatively. It's something heavy, that weighs you down and knocks painfully into the back of your legs and takes a lot of effort to drag through security. I find I'm much more free-feeling if I check all that at the door ;)


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