It’s Week 5 of the 52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge, here’s our challenge for this week:
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Week 5: Something Someone Gave You
Over the years, I have accumulated a ton of stuff. While I was beyond happy to receive each and every one of those items at the time, now I’m starting to feel clutter remorse (is that even a thing? If not it should be.) Over the past year, my Fiance and I have been working to declutter our home. One of my new year resolutions was to declutter each room of our home, and actually try and organize our space. As I continued to declutter each room, I noticed time and time again some of the same things continued to be dragged out into the middle of the floor or on the bed, and put right back into their usual space once more.
These were the items that had true sentimental value or usefulness to me. As the clutter started to disappear, these items began to take center stage in our home. One such item has continued to float to a new space every few months, because we don’t really have a good place to put it. This item is a recorded version of The Night Before Christmas my mother left me when she died a few years ago.
Every Christmas, it was tradition to read The Night Before Christmas before bed. We read this book every single year, even long after my sister and I stopped believing in Santa Claus. During the first year after her death, I probably read The Night Before Christmas about 100 times. It was the only way I could hear my mother’s voice again, and I wasn’t quite ready to let go of that. I knew that whenever I needed to have her with me again, I could just open up the book and there she was. I still can’t make it through the whole story without crying. It’s the only chance I’ll have to hear from her now, but I’ve never felt more grateful for it.
Something as simple as a recorded book helps ease the pain of not having my mother here. It’s also been one of the best gifts anyone has given me to this day. While we are taking the steps now to ensure that we can save the recording inside the book, something that probably cost no more than a few dollars holds the most value in my home.
When we sit back and reflect on the things in our home, there are probably a number of things we can think of to be grateful for. When our homes are filled with clutter, oftentimes we find our most prized possessions buried in the piles of stuff. After years of clearing out, it’s often the items we consistently take out and put back that are the things that have the most value. A TV is valuable, sure, but it holds a completely different value than something like the book my mother gave me. In our home, our TV has become somewhat of a central location for things. We eat dinner while watching a favorite show, often date nights are spent on the couch watching a movie, or playing video games with friends. While our TV holds value in that it makes those moments possible, I don’t doubt that we could do without it just fine.
The things that hold the most value to you are usually the ones you are unable to do without. For instance with the book my mother gave me, I might only use it during Christmas time. However, I would be deeply saddened not to have the book there each year. If you are going through this challenge with me this week, I want to give you some food for thought. What are the things you feel you or your family are unable to do without? Is it because the item you treasure truly holds value to you, or because you feel it is a necessity to make your home function? I think you’ll be surprised how many things you own won’t make the cut.