I loved my crystal glass bowl. Have you ever had an ordinary moment that made you stop and think? The other day, I reached into to the back of my bottom kitchen cabinet to get my electric hand mixer. The cord had been neatly wrapped around it. Everything usually is stacked neatly and efficiently, I am a professional organizer. When I pulled out mixer, the cord had become tangled. There was an all too familiar sound of broken glass. Carefully, I pulled out a large crystal salad bowl with the matching smaller bowl that used for chips and dips or salsa. Pieces of my crystal glass bowl were now partially shattered and broken .
My first response was to tear up. I quickly shut off that emotion because I thought, “I’m not saver of things. I am not sure why I even care because I can replace this”. As I looked at the broken pieces on the counter inside a larger bowl for a while. I regrouped my thoughts and walked into the bedroom where my husband was just waking up. I told him what it happened and said, “We got this as a wedding gift, and I don’t know why this is bothering me so much”. He gave me a big hug maybe because he is a saver of all things. I did not think I was sentimental, but I guess I am. He seemed proud of me for having an emotional moment.
Replacing my crystal glass bowl
My next thought walking out of the room was to find replacement, after all it was a matching set. But I have never gotten around to it. You see in that moment of emotion it felt like a memory was broken from my past. I could replace my crystal glass bowl with one that looks just like it, but it will never be that bowl. It will just be a match.
I took a picture of that broken glass bowl to think about it and to save it to remember. Several of my home organizing clients have had similar experiences. This blog is a fresh perspective for me that things are just a reminder of memories. My crystal glass bowl is broken, not the memory.
If you think you have too many items, but are having trouble releasing the ones with memories, contact me and we can talk by phone or Skype. One conversation at a time I can assist you in the declutter process.
Lisa Giesler, Speaker, Consultant, Professional Organizer, Author of Uncluttered: discovering strength and purpose in the chaos of life and My Life is a Mess: Organizing 101