Out with the old (P366, 1/2/12)

Our parents grew up with the Yankee motto:  “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”  It has served them well.  In our modern, consumption oriented society though, Mrs Mack505 and I have decided to adopt a different philosophy: “Put it way, give it away, throw it away, or sell it off.”  After 18 years together, we’ve amassed a fair amount of “stuff.”  We’ve both felt for a while that a purge was in order, but it’s finally started this week.

Everything is being evaluated.  If it has a current use, a definite use in the foreseeable future, or sentimental value it stays.  Otherwise it goes in whatever fashion seems most appropriate.  These are the first two truckloads to head for the landfill.  What you can’t see are the bags and boxes of clothes, books, and DVDs inside the cab which are headed for the donation center.  Toys for Tots has already had a decent score.  It’s going to be rough going, but we’ve had big progress.  I hope we can keep it up.