I spent today going through my garage and pulling out magic tricks that I never used. I have so many shows that I don't want to write anymore unless I HAVE to. And I found that I couldn't find the props I needed because of all the extra stuff. So I loaded it up and took it to my magic club's annual auction this evening. This is the first time that I sold more than I bought! I'm streamlining!
I also had my daughter go through all of her coats in the coat closet and pull out stuff she's outgrown or never wants to wear. Now if I can get my wife to do the same thing!
You should start with the kids' stuff. My parents had 6 children and saved lots of junk. "You'll have children someday and they will want it." The locals probably thought it was a daycare. And then the grandkids came along and they had a reason to keep stuff. Now it's great grandkids!
My sister said, "What should we get them for their 50th anniversary?"
I said, "Let's take our stuff out of their house."
She said, "I don't have room for it!"
Do yourself a favor and box up all the stuff that isn't yours and your wife's and give them a month to come and get what they want. You'll find that they really don't want most of it anyway and you are just saving your kids stuff so they can throw it away after you're gone.
I made it a mission to take all of my stuff out of my parents home and I found my old Spiderman comics! I must have thrown away 2 large black leaf bags filled with letters from old girlfriends. Well, okay, there were a couple of letters in there. Come to think of it, when I got married my mom did throw something away. I can't find any of the pictures of my old girlfriends!
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for great tips on how to be clutter free. It isn't a quick fix, but it's designed to change your mode of thinking. One example from a friend... I had several suit jackets, shirts, and ties and a closet that was too full. He said, for each jacket choose one shirt and one tie that looks the best and then only use them together. It was a change in my way of thinking which REALLY helped during my teaching career.
So, what does this have to do with Axtell products? If I want my shows to be the best I really need to get rid of the stuff that DOESN'T work. I have some GREAT looking puppets, like the warthog... somewhere. I don't often think of him because he's in the laundry room, probably under a pile of old towels my wife saved for rags. I always have to ask her, "Is this still a dish towel or is this the one for cleaning the toilets?"