My Aunt Tonya – Part 1


When I married my husband, many years ago, we received an amazingly thoughtful gift from my Aunt Tonya. It was a large, assumingly expensive, glass flower, to be displayed as a work of art in our new home. Though I found the piece to be beautiful, it just did not fit with the décor of my home, it almost felt like clutter.  I have now been married for 18 years, and not displaying it as it was intended to be displayed is something about which I have always felt bad. Like I said though, it just doesn’t go!

Getting rid of items with sentimental value, but no practical use, is something I all too often ask my clients to do. Though something may have been given to you by a family member or friend, if you’re not using it, it is best to let it go. Holding on to things which will never have use causes unnecessary clutter, detrimental to organized living. The secondary argument I typically get from clients getting rid of things is that they intend to sell it. The problem with this is that selling items, simply put, is a pain in the #%. Saying you’re going to sell something is merely an excuse used to procrastinate because it requires so much time and effort. It is better to cut your losses for the payout of organization.

Because letting go is something I so fervently preach, I felt guilty holding on to this gift, for which I knew I would never have a use. In the spirit of not just talking the talk, but walking the walk, I have decided on a plan to part ways.

I attend a bi-weekly networking meeting for women in the area. If you have ever watched The View, picture the meetings to be like that, except none of us are claiming to be Barbara Walters or Whoopi Goldberg. My plan of action is to bring the flower in a bag to the group, share my dilemma, and say that unless someone in the group absolutely loves it, I will take it to Goodwill immediately following the meeting. The meeting is next week…stay tuned

                           Gift from Aunt Tonya