Of all the stuff in there (and it was quite full), only two things broke and had to be trashed. One was a marble jar that had been in my bathroom when I was kid and the other was an antique perfume bottle, which was a gift from a beloved friend. Neither of them can be – or will be – replaced.
Why? Because they’re just things. Was I sad that they broke? Yes. Was I overwhelmed with grief? No. Thankfully, no one got hurt and the damage was minimal.
Like most things I have let go of, I probably will not miss either of them now that they’re gone. They were lovely reminders of another time and they were decorative, but they weren’t essential. I never considered them clutter, though, since I enjoyed having them and they were useful; however, I will find something else to hold cotton balls and my life will continue.
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