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Perhaps you’re taking this decluttering thing too far?

Are unwanted gifts cluttering your home?

We had a very funny moment today and I wanted to share it with you.

For some reason my husband decided that it would be a good idea to say yes to taking our friend’s grandfather clock when they moved house. To begin with I thought it was a short term arrangement. They had bought a fixer upper so I assumed it would go back to them sometime in the not too distant future. This has turned out not to be the case.

It appears that they actually no longer wanted it and it is now our property. This can be a situation that is full of peril. I have been in a situation before where someone has assured me that they no longer want something and have given it to me. Sometime in the future I have decided I no longer want it either and have sold or donated the goods, only to find that the original owners then wanted to have them back. I never feel quite sure it is mine to do as I please with. Not a good situation to find yourself in.

Anyway, today I was cleaning and dusting our lounge room and I had to dust this grandfather clock. We never wind it as it has a charm that goes off loudly every 15 minutes and would drive me nuts. It just sits there with no purpose whatsoever except to gather dust and cobwebs.

My husband was out so I made a note to remind myself to tell him that I wanted him to get rid of it. He seems to have better luck selling things than I do so I leave this type of thing up to him. The note said ‘Sell grandfather clock’.

When he came home we discussed it and agree that it was to go. We even talked about a couple of other things that we were holding onto for no purpose. All was good and he agreed that he would sort it out.

Then we went out together as a family and watched the latest Marvel offering at the cinemas. After coming home he put the car keys down on the bench.

Our very observant son then took this picture.

Did we take our decluttering too far?He wondered whether we might be taking this decluttering thing a little too far. I love my boy’s sense of humour.

Happily for my dad, we don’t have any immediate plans to get rid of him, but we do intend to get rid of that clock.

So, the point of my story? If you would not deliberately go out and buy something, don’t whatever you do accept it from someone else just because you don’t have to pay for it. Like this grandfather clock, it will sit in a corner unused until you get around to making the effort to get rid of it. Spend your time and energy on something else by saying no in the first place.

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